Above Us the Waves
Above Us the Waves is a 1955 British war film about human torpedo and midget submarine attacks in Norwegian fjords against the German battleship Tirpitz. Directed by Ralph Thomas, it is based on two true-life attacks by British commando frogmen, first using Chariot manned torpedoes in Operation Title in 1942, and then X-Craft midget submarines in Operation Source in 1943. Filmed at Pinewood Studios, England, with outdoor scenes in Guernsey, some of the original war equipment was used in the film.
The Royal Navy (RN) is concerned about attacks on convoys by German submarines while having to keep "half the fleet" guarding against the German battleship . Tirpitz is 60 miles from the sea inside a Norwegian fjord, and attempts by the Royal Air Force (RAF) to sink her have failed. Commander Fraser (Mills) is determined to prove that attack by human torpedoes is practical, despite scepticism from RN higher echelons.
|events||submarine warfare World War II|
|keywords||abandon ship air force amatol attempt to escape british commando frogmen capture flood force game german submarine guard hear kill limpet mine machine gun naval rating north sea prisoners of war rat rating royal air force royal navy strand u-boat|
|productionCompany||London Independent Producers|
|publisher||General Film Distributors Republic Pictures|