At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage.
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Did You Know?
Opening credits: The characters portrayed in this film are wholly fictitious. See more
The U-53, a type VIIB u-boat, was sunk on 23 February 1940 in the North Channel by HMS Gurkha, not late in the war. See more
Sir, reports from HQ say that there are five U-boats in this area.
Five? It was good of them to tell us!
[Later that evening
Now they say there are nine U-boats operating around this area.
Nine? Good grief, we must be very popular this evening!
The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep awake See more