Video of German U-boat attacks at Bell Island in 1942
Courtesy of Ocean Quest Adventures, used with permission.
Video shows German newsreel of U-boat crews attacking Allied merchant ships with torpedoes.
Transcript of narration:
On September 4th 1942, U-513 under the command of captain Rolf Ruggeberg
Old film of a submarine submerging quickly at sea.
entered the shallow waters of Conception Bay in search of prey.
Looking upward from U-boat control room into conning tower. U-boat captain looking through attack periscope.
The next morning rising to the surface, two vessels were spotted anchored off Lance Cove beach.
Submarine periscope breaking the surface of the ocean. U-boat captain looking through periscope, sees a cargo vessel in the crosshairs of the periscope.
Two torpedoes fired from the U-513’s bow tubes [actually stern tubes] quickly sent the Saganaga to the bottom.
Torpedo is fired by submarine. Torpedo travels fast just below surface of water. Torpedo explodes on impact with cargo ship.
Each measuring more than 120 meters, these unprotected vessels were an easy target.
Sailors dive off sinking merchant ship into the ocean.
Ruggeberg, although cramped for sea room in these shallow waters,
Two sailors rush to escape sinking ship. Submarine periscope cuts through surface of the ocean.
maneuvered into position and fired two more torpedoes from his stern tubes [actually bow tubes].
Underwater image of submarine moving forward. U-boat crew fire more torpedoes.
His efforts sent the Lord Strathcona plunging beneath the waves.
U-boat crew uses a stopwatch to time the run of the torpedoes. A torpedo explodes on impact with another merchant ship. U-boat crewman cheers.
On November 2nd 1942, Captain Friedrich Wissmann commanding U-518
Photo of smiling U-boat officer wearing sunglasses. Photo of German submarine at sea with crew standing on deck.
attacked and sank the Rose Castle and the P.L.M. 27.
Fuzzy photos of two cargo ships.
These [two] attacks caused 69 seamen [actually 65] to lose their lives.