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General von Steuben (06:24)


In January 1945, Nazi Germany rescued German civilians and soldiers from advancing Russian forces in Operation Hannibal. Steuben, a 550-foot ship, left Germany with more than 5,000 passengers and sunk in the Baltic Sea 13 hours later. A Polish diving time tries to discover what happened.

General von Steuben's Sinking (06:34)

The Polish diving team collects data from the wreck. A Soviet submarine hit the ship with two torpedoes. The ship was heavily armed, and the Soviets were likely unaware that over 1,000 civilians were onboard.

Type IXD U-Boat (07:34)

The Norwegian navy discovered the wreck of a massive Nazi German U-boat in 2003. Type IXD U-boats were specially constructed long-range submarines. Historical records prove the wreck is U-864, which was lost during Operation Caesar in February 1945.

U-864's Wreck (03:28)

The Type IXD U-boat, part of Operation Caesar, never reached Japan. Naval records show the British submarine HMS Venturer tracked U-864 for more than an hour before firing a torpedo.

USS Emmons (04:48)

The American destroyer was part of the naval invasion of Okinawa. The ship sunk with 137 passengers onboard.

USS Emmons' Sinking (05:09)

Remains of a Japanese plane engine are about 50 feet away from the USS Emmons wreck. With limited options, Japan turned to using kamikaze attacks against U.S. ships. Five kamikaze planes that were part of Operation Floating Chrysanthemum hit the USS Emmons.

B-29 Superfortress (04:49)

The B-29 was a long-range bomber designed to assist a planned land invasion of Japan; the planes frequently crashed. An American survey team discovered a wreck near Tinian Island.

B-29 Superfortress Wreck (08:00)

Maritime archaeologist Megan Lickliter-Mundon believes the B-29 crashed during takeoff. Evidence reveals fire damage to one of the engines, underpowering the aircraft. More than 400 B-29s were lost in similar accidents.

Credits: Episode 9: The Last Wrecks of WWII (Drain the Oceans) (00:07)

Credits: Episode 9: The Last Wrecks of WWII (Drain the Oceans)

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Episode 9: The Last Wrecks of WWII (Drain the Oceans)

Part of the Series : Drain The Oceans
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A hi-tech underwater scan reveals a tragic WW2 ship sunk at sea. The wreckage from one of Hitler's U-boats continues to leave a Nazi legacy.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL283869

Copyright date: ©2020

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