Watch The Sinking of the Laconia

This dramatic documentary series uses interviews with survivors to tell the true story of the British troopship Laconia, which was sunk in 1942 by a German U-boat while positioned hundreds of miles off the coast of Africa, travelling from Cape Town to the United Kingdom. The captain of the U-boat makes a heroic decision after realizing that the troopship is also carrying civilians and POWs among its passengers.

Thursday, Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on BBC TWO
1 Season, 2 Episodes
January 6, 2011
Drama, Military & War
Cast: Andrew Buchan, Ken Duken, Franka Potente, Thomas Kretschmann
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The Sinking of the Laconia Full Episode Guide

  • The U-156's deck is crowded with survivors from the Laconia but confusion reigns though after the U-156 is spotted by an American bomber which moves in to attack.

  • After the crew ship the Laconia is torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine U-156, it's captain Werner Hartenstein decides to save as many of the passengers and crew as possible.

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