- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Patrick Mulkern
This grim but fascinating film delves into the pea-green depths of the Baltic to uncover what it describes as “the greatest naval catastrophe in history” — largely forgotten, despite bearing a far higher death toll than Titanic.
Towards the end of the Second World War, an estimated 20,000 German civilians lost their lives when Soviet submarines torpedoed three refugee ships. A diving expedition led by Swedish explorer Carl Douglas locates the eerily intact wrecks on the seabed, and we hear horrific accounts from some of those who survived.
About this programme
In 1945, an estimated 20,000 German civilians lost their lives when Soviet submarines torpedoed three refugee ships in the Baltic Sea. This documentary contains footage from the wrecks of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, the SS General von Steuben and the MV Goya and hears the stories of some of those who survived.