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Bringing Down the SS Cyclops

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Bringing Down the SS Cyclops

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The man who launched the first of many German u-boat attacks on American merchant ships, captain Reinhardt Hartigan, remembers bringing down the SS Cyclops.

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Pearl Harbor changes the Battle of the Atlantic forever. Both sides have what they want: England and Canada have their American ally and German Commander Karl Donitz will soon have 300 U-boats ready to stalk the oceans. The goals are the same, but the battlefield is about to change. The "Convoy War" is set to engulf the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. and Donitz is about to teach the U.S. Navy a painful lesson in the art of submarine warfare. Witness it all through vivid battle footage, reenactments and witness testimony from allies and enemies.

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