Unsolved History ~ Wilhelm Gustloff ~ Deadliest Sea Disaster
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(Jan 01, 2003)
Unsolved History is history the way it was! Through detailed examination of archeological and forensic evidence, existing photographs, artifact examination, and carefully selected interviews from eyewitnesses and experts – events are reconstructed and historical questions are finally answered. When Germany's mightiest luxury liner – the Wilhelm Gustloff – went down in the bitterly cold waters of the Baltic Sea in early-1945, her hull blasted by a Soviet torpedo, the sinking marked the worst maritime disaster in history. As many as six times the Titanic's number were lost that night – all in under an hour. See a detailed representation of the ship from existing blueprints and learn how a 19,350 metric ton vessel could disappear into the frigid deep in such a brief amount of time. Experts reconstruct the anatomy of the disaster and demonstrate how modern ship engineers have learned to mitigate evacuation delays to prevent a reprise of staggering losses. And for the first time, learn the truth behind Soviet divers' mysterious search of the wreckage in the 1950s – and what the Reich's largest cruise ship may have held inside.
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This was a ship full of Germans around WWII and the Russian sunk the ship with three torpedoes. My heart goes out to all the victims. However, and very sadly, innocent people die in times of war. There were lots of innocent people in Hiroshima. Same is true for Pearl Harbor. During WWI, I think the German destruction of an American ship is what got our country involved. Thus, whereas Titanic sank due to lots of carelessness, this sinking had a reason, a tragic and sad one, but still not just bad luck.
This work is a lot about building computer models to guesstimate what happened in the sinking. I am so glad modern humans have tools like that. This type of computer program could help some academic get tenure somewhere. Still, it was a bit boring to me as a viewer. Because so much of the program was about speculation, the show seemed a bit empty to me.
Like the Titanic, this ship was designed to deal with more than one torn-up compartment, but its builders could not have guessed about destructions based on torpedoes or icebergs. This ship had lifeboats, but they were secured so tightly that they couldn't be pulled away for folk to use. It also said the Russians went back to the ship and did further damage to hide stuff. This may be a sign of Soviet sneakiness.
Greatest maritime disaster of all time.
More deaths than Arizona, Titanic, and Lusitania combined.
Sunk in the frigid waters of the Baltic in January, 1945, by a renegade Soviet submarine commander.