Victory At Sea ~ Full Fathom Five – HQ
The threat of death at full fathom five is always in the backs of the minds of the submariners according to the steady voice of the narrator. Yet they still went on many patrols and exacted a toll on the enemy that brought him to a place where extended warfare was no longer possible.
Episode 21 was not released until 1953 but it used historical footage to describe the character and strength of the men of the US submarine forces. Using their small boats, they helped to bring a giant empire to its knees. Without her merchant fleet, Japan would not be able to feed its massive war machine. Food, oil, raw materials were all required to keep their war effort alive. US submarines performed an enormous feat in choking that supply line down to almost nothing by the end of war.
50 Percent of the volunteers will fail: Episode 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWbiFB_OZIE
transiting the Canal: Episode 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12xFfri4DAU
Find the, chase them sink them: Episode 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbrneCrfTF8
The cost was dear though. 52 American boats never made it home. But as the series title proclaimed, we were able to finally recognize Victory at Sea because of the efforts of many brave crews. God Bless them all!
Full Fathom Five
Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade But doth suffer a sea-change Into something rich and strange. Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong. Hark! now I hear them,–ding-dong, bell.