German U-boats receive friendly welcomes as they return to their base at St.Nazaire,France, in World War II
Saint Nazaire France Date:1942 Duration:2 min 34 sec Sound:Yes
Opening scene shows German submariners taking "victory" shower baths. Versenkungswimpel (kill pennants) wave from a U-boat, showing tonnage of each ship sunk, as it returns to St. Nazaire, in World War 2. A seagull bird flies overhead. Officers are seen on the conning tower of a submarine, containing painted images of two satyrs flailing at each other. View forward,from conning tower of a submarine, as it moves on the surface. It displays banners reading "4500." Closeup profile silhouettes of two crewmen. The sun is low in sky. A sailor using semaphore flags signals to a submarine. View of crewmen crowding its conning tower, waving. This boat displays two kill pennants, a Kriegsmarine ensign flag, and a homemade flag reading "Ferner Liesen." It also displays flags with silhouettes of the two ships it sank. Along its deck are souvenir name plates and life preservers from those ships. The returning submarines are welcomed by a military band playing on the wharf. Crewmembers lined up on deck wave back. The boat's captain salutes as he is welcomed by Admiral Karl Doenitz (Dönitz), Commandant of the German U-boat fleet. Several women present flowers to the U-boat captain, as his crew stands on its deck, behind them. The women then give some to the crew members, as well. The crew leaves the boat deck. Closeup of the Captain saluting. Crew members seen being warmly greeted on the shore. One submariner drinks from a bottle of beer. Crew members seen standing on deck of U-boat as it moves toward, and enters steel reinforced concrete pen. View of maintenance being performed on hull of a submarine, inside the pen. A torpedo being loaded by crane and chains, into a submarine. Canned goods, supplies, being loaded into the U-boat.
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