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On the 12th September 1942 the Laconia - a cruise ship turned troop ship - was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-156 commanded by Werner Hartenstein. She carried a motley crew of women, children, wounded soldiers and Italian Prisoners of War. Having sunk the ship, Hartenstein should have left them to their uncertain fate in the water, but instead he made the incredible decision to save as many lives as he could. A true story of unexpected gallantry and humanity in the fog of war.
Published on: November 06, 2011 | 
Length: 85:47 | 
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The Sinking of the Laconia

In September 1942, a German U-boat sank the British troop carrier, The Laconia. As Captain Werner Hartenstein listened to the cries of the drowning passengers he realized the ship had been carrying Italian POWs, Polish guards and British women and children and took the only course of action he could - to save as many people as possible.