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Monday 17 September 2012

TV: Sea Of Death *UK Premiere*

Sea Of Death *UK Premiere* - "Yesterday"
Friday 28th September, 10pm
This eerie and haunting documentary looks at the sinking of three German refugee ships at the end of World War II, when over 20,000 people lost their lives in what is the greatest naval catastrophe in human history. Despite there being many more victims on each of the sunken refugee ships than on Titanic, the disaster is still virtually unheard of. 

Combining unique underwater footage, interviews with survivors who experienced the horror of the sinkings and expert historians this fascinating film examines a topic that is still incredibly sensitive all these years later.

It was January 1945, towards the end of the Second World War and millions of German civilians flee from the vicious onslaught of the Soviet Army. In sheer desperation the refugees board anything that  floats to ferry them away from the war zone.

Just out to sea Russian submarines prowl, on the lookout for any German vessel. The Russians have long claimed that there were in fact soldiers and sailors on board these refugee ships. In the Soviets’ eyes this rendered the refugee ships legitimate targets.  Is there any truth to this claim, or is it just Soviet propaganda? Sea of Death tries to unwrap this mystery and put the historic record straight.