Capt. Jim Ransom, US Navy, Retired
American submarines in World War II played a crucial role, but the “Silent Service” has never been easy for Hollywood to depict in film. During the war filmmakers had to deal with security issues and censorship. But movies made during the war were designed for the consumption of home front audiences, and while some actual wartime events were depicted, for the most part they were aimed at entertainment and raising morale. Post-war movies had access to most information concerning U.S. submarine operations, and by the 1950s films had produced a somewhat clearer picture of their contributions and challenges. Finally, more recent film depictions of U.S. submarines operations in the war will be considered, along with a comparison of movie treatment of submarine operations in the Atlantic theater to those in the Pacific.
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