The Laconia incident was a series of events surrounding the sinking of a British troopship in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II and an attack on the subsequent rescue attempts. On 12 September 1942, RMS Laconia carrying some 2,732 crew, passengers, soldiers and prisoners of war (POWs), was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat submarine U-156 off the coast of West Africa. Operating partly under the dictates of the old prize rules, the U-boat commander, Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartenstein, immediately commenced rescue operations. U-156 broadcast their humanitarian intent on open radio channels to all Allied forces in the area, and were joined by the crews of several other U-boats in the vicinity.
Author's Note: My grandfather emigrated to America on The Laconia. The ship saw long service so his arrival predates these events. However, and ironically, he saw combat in WWII. Here is his profile: https://www.usarmyregistry.org/Registry ... eID=417127 Click on image below to learn more about film: ratings, DVD, et cetera.The Sinking of The RMS Laconia