Hell Below

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  • TV-PG
  • 2016
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.8  (132)

A new Smithsonian Channel series will chart the stealthy game of undersea warfare from the greatest submarine campaigns of World War II. It profiles the strategic masterminds behind the brutal tactics of Nazi U-boats and reveals the extraordinary feats of Allied subs in the Atlantic and Pacific. Both the Axis and Allies employed unrestricted submarine warfare to bring their enemies to their knees in World War II. Submariners on both sides were a special breed of warrior, always volunteers, often fighting alone. Sub warfare evolved rapidly during the war, as German U-Boats and American submarines attacked military targets and commercial shipping. Submarine attacks created chaos and unnerved adversaries. And while the world's oceans provided concealment and protection, the environment was unforgiving. Each hour-long episode of Hell Below features expert analysis and stock footage along with dramatic re-enactments filmed aboard authentic World War II era submarines, placing viewers in the heart of the action.

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Seasons
Iwo Jima Pilot Rescue
6. Iwo Jima Pilot Rescue
November 22, 2020
As carrier groups deliver destruction to Japanese strongholds, American subs risk everything to surface in enemy waters and rescue downed aviators.
Commander Down
5. Commander Down
August 5, 2020
After a spectacular collision and ensuing attack from a Japanese ship, an American submarine crew begins a desperate struggle for survival.
Torpedo Rampage
4. Torpedo Rampage
July 29, 2020
An American submarine commander manages to penetrate the defenses of a Japanese convoy in the Luzon Strait; the tables are turned, however, when the convoy's escorts go on the attack.
The Longest Journey
3. The Longest Journey
July 22, 2020
On Christmas morning 1944, an Allied merchant ship off the coast of Australia fights off a torpedo attack by a German U-Boat with its deck guns.
Enigma Capture
2. Enigma Capture
July 15, 2020
In direct violation of Hitler's orders a German U-Boat Commander sinks a passenger ship on the first day of the war sparking an international crisis.
Killer Strike
1. Killer Strike
July 8, 2020
In the opening weeks of World War II, a German U-Boat Commander launches a shocking attack against the Royal Navy in its own home port.
Description

A new Smithsonian Channel series will chart the stealthy game of undersea warfare from the greatest submarine campaigns of World War II. It profiles the strategic masterminds behind the brutal tactics of Nazi U-boats and reveals the extraordinary feats of Allied subs in the Atlantic and Pacific. Both the Axis and Allies employed unrestricted submarine warfare to bring their enemies to their knees in World War II. Submariners on both sides were a special breed of warrior, always volunteers, often fighting alone. Sub warfare evolved rapidly during the war, as German U-Boats and American submarines attacked military targets and commercial shipping. Submarine attacks created chaos and unnerved adversaries. And while the world's oceans provided concealment and protection, the environment was unforgiving. Each hour-long episode of Hell Below features expert analysis and stock footage along with dramatic re-enactments filmed aboard authentic World War II era submarines, placing viewers in the heart of the action.

Hell Below is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on July 17, 2016.

Where to Watch Hell Below

Hell Below is available for streaming on the Smithsonian CHANNEL website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hell Below on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    July 17, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (132)