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.
As seen on BBC2.
Written by Alan Bleasdale
Starring Andrew Buchan Franka Potente Ken Duken Brian Cox Lindsay Duncan
Special features: The Sinking of the Laconia: Survivors' Stories (30 mins feature).
Release Date: 14 March 2011
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 2010
Main Language: English