Learn About the Roles That Submarines and Advanced Technology Have Played in War, From WWII U-Boats to Connecticut’s Own USS Nautilus
Secrets of the Dead: “Japanese SuperSub”at 8 p.m.
USS Nautilus (A CPTV Original Documentary) at 9 p.m.
NOVA: “Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor” at 9:30 p.m.
War on Our Shores (A CPTV Original Documentary) at 10:30 p.m.
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) presents a mini-marathon of shows featuring submarine war vessels as a part of CPTV’s “Underwater Warfare Night.” This line-up includes two CPTV Original specials that look at this issue from a local perspective: USS Nautilus – which examines the far-reaching impact of Groton’s own nuclear-powered sub – and War on Our Shores, which looks at the military submarine activity that surrounded Connecticut during World War II.
It all starts Wednesday, May 5 at 8 p.m. with thepremiere of Secrets of the Dead’s newest episode,“Japanese SuperSub.”This documentary investigates Japan’s construction of I-400, a secret aircraft carrier submarine designed to attack U.S. cities from the sea during World War II. The episode investigates Japan’s superior submarine technology and reveals how close the Japanese came to using these subs to blow up the Panama Canal, terrorize the U.S., and possibly perform a deadly biological attack. “Japanese SuperSub” includes personal interviews from sailors and pilots who manned the Japanese subs, and the American sailors who encountered those subs.
“Underwater Warfare Night” continues with USS Nautilus, a CPTV Original documentary that examines the very first nuclear-powered submarine that was launched out of the submarine base on Thames River in Groton, Connecticut. On January 21, 1954, the USS Nautilus was created, opening a new door to America’s defense. This atomic vessel played an important role in both the Cold War and civilian nuclear power. USS Nautilus documents the development and construction of this mighty submarine.
Following USS Nautilus, stay tuned for NOVA’s presentation of “Killer Subs in Pearl Harbor” at 9:30 p.m. NOVA’s team of expert investigators goes beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor to trace new clues to one of the most tragic events of WWII, the historic sinking of the USS Arizona. More than 1,000 crew members perished on this “Day of Infamy.” For decades, it was thought that a bomb dropped by a Japanese aircraft sank the Arizona, but the discovery of a group of Japanese “midget subs” in and around Pearl Harbor has raised questions about the battleship's final hours. This presentation takes viewers to the bottom of the ocean to explore the mystery behind the disaster.
The night concludes with a second CPTV Original documentary, War on Our Shores, which explores a piece of World War II history that has received surprisingly little attention from historians: military submarine activity on Connecticut’s shores. The film focuses on one particular German military submarine (or “U-boat”) that was sunk at the end of World War II by American warships, just six miles southeast of Block Island. With underwater footage of the boat’s remains and interviews with officers and crewman from both sides, War on Our Shores gives viewers an account of the attack, and a better understanding of the role Connecticut played in WWII.
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