A new Smithsonian Channel series will chart the stealthy game of undersea warfare from the greatest submarine campaigns of World War II. It profiles the strategic masterminds behind the brutal tactics of Nazi U-boats and reveals the extraordinary feats of Allied subs in the Atlantic and Pacific. Both the Axis and Allies employed unrestricted submarine warfare to bring their enemies to their knees in World War II. Submariners on both sides were a special breed of warrior, always volunteers, often fighting alone. Sub warfare evolved rapidly during the war, as German U-Boats and American submarines attacked military targets and commercial shipping. Submarine attacks created chaos and unnerved adversaries. And while the world's oceans provided concealment and protection, the environment was unforgiving. Each hour-long episode of Hell Below features expert analysis and stock footage along with dramatic re-enactments filmed aboard authentic World War II era submarines, placing viewers in the heart of the action.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Hell Below - Hell Below Zero - Netflix
Hell Below Zero (1954) is a murder mystery Technicolor film, starring Alan Ladd in the second of his films for Warwick Films. The film was directed by Mark Robson, and was written by Alec Coppel and Max Trell. The film was based on the novel The White South by Hammond Innes, and presents interesting footage of whaling fleets in action.
Hell Below - Production - Netflix
The movie was part of a two-picture deal Ladd made with Warwick Films, following The Red Beret. Ladd was paid $200,000 against 10% of the profits. During production it was known as White South and White Mantle. The film included location footage shot in Antarctic waters. Albert Broccoli accompanied a second unit crew down there for over three months. Shooting took place at Pinewood Studios. Director Mark Robson wanted Eugene Pallette to play a role but Pallette was unhappy with the size of the part in the script.