An inattentive sailor results in a ship being struck by a Japanese submarine torpedo during World War 2
United States USA Date:1943 Duration:4 min 26 sec Sound:Yes
A training film about the importance of standing watch duty for U.S. Navy sailors aboard a ship. Mix of dramatized and period footage. Enactment shows a lookout standing watch aboard a ship as he sights the periscope of an enemy submarine underway at sea. The lookout reports about the submarine to an officer. The officer looks through binoculars and gives out orders. U.S. Navy sailors called to battle stations are seen running under decks to assume positions. Torpedo from submarine detected coming toward ship. Captain gives evasive maneuver order. The Captain looks over the bridge of the ship as the torpedo misses ship. Depth charges being fired from the deck of the ship, and also rolled off the deck into the ocean, directed at the submarine. Explosions occur at sea from the depth charges. The submarine is destroyed. A sailor shows a Japanese and a Nazi flag painted aboard the ship recording enemy vessels sunk. Next scene is a dramatized scene inside a Japanese submarine showing what would have happened if the crew member on watch was day dreaming and not paying attention. A member of the Japanese submarine crew looks at a ship through the periscope. Point of view shot through Japanese periscope of U.S. Navy ship coming into torpedo firing range. Submarine captain orders torpedoes fired. View of torpedo running in water toward U.S. Navy ship. American sailor aboard the ship executes an order a bit late and the ship gets struck by the Japanese torpedo. Dramatized scenes of Navy crew members abandoning ship and struggling in ocean waters. The sailors in water cry out for help. Dramatisation of a dead sailor rising from the sea and speaking about the need to be alert while on standing watch. An inattentive and lazy sailor standing watch in contrast to an alert sailor. A ship underway at sea and sailors sleep in their bunk beds. Dead sailor calls standing watch a sacred duty.
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