New WWII Doc Presents Stories From The War Below The Waves

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Public Media Distribution and Smithsonian Channel are partnering to bring audiences some rarely told tales from World War II this spring.

Hell Below will be released on DVD on Tuesday, April 8. The six-part series presents stories of the war below the waves throughout World War II. It starts in 1940 as Hitler’s U-Boats start attacking allied convoys in the Atlantic and the Allies’ response to the attacks.

The series’ second segment, “Hitler’s Revenge,” begins in December 1941.  Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Karl Donitz, German Commander of U-Boats, looks to capitalize on the chaos that ensued with what was dubbed Operation Drumbeat.  He orders five German subs to sail to New York Harbor and launch an attack there, which they did with some success.

The impact of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and New York are presented in the series’ next segment, “America Fights Back.”  This segment shows America’s efforts to transform its sub fleet from patrol vehicles to predators.  The effort is fraught with danger, too, as is evidenced in this episode.

The segments listed here are just part of the story presented in Hell Below.  The series has three more episodes for audiences to take in, including a gripping story about a June 1944 effort by an Allied sub crew to save Allied commandos in Japanese-held Borneo and an equally powerful story about the USS Tang that will keep audiences just as engaged.

The six segments that make up the body of Hell Below span almost five hours on two discs.  The double-disc set will retail for MSRP of $29.99.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $24.99.

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PBS, National Geographic Take Audiences Beneath The Waves In A New Episode Of NOVA This Summer

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Courtesy: PBS/PBS Distribution

This summer, PBS will take audiences beneath the waves in an eye-opening new episode of NOVA.

PBS Distribution will release NOVA: Nazi Attack on America on Tuesday, July 14th. The story presented in this episode of the network’s hit science-based series follows Robert Ballard’s attempts to unravel the mystery around the sinking of the German U-boat U-166. The sub was one of many that lurked right off of America’s coast in the early days of WWII as part of what German forces dubbed “Operation Drumbeat.” For more than seventy years, the sub has remained so controversial because no proof could be obtained to prove whether or not the naval officer believed by many–including his own family–to have sunk the sub was truly responsible for its demise and that of its crew. Ballard, who is best known for discovering the final resting place of the doomed ship Titanic, takes the NOVA and National Geographic teams beneath the waves in order to try and solve the mystery of U-166’s fate in hopes of bringing honor to the officer and re-writing one more chapter of WWII history.

NOVA: Nazi Attack on America will be available Tuesday, July 14th on DVD and via digital download. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99 and can even be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=61808026&cp=&kw=nova+nazi+attack+on+america&origkw=NOVA+Nazi+Attack+on+America&sr=1. Audiences can check out a trailer for this episode of NOVA online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCSZYtxp4II. More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

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