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The Rohna Disaster: WWII's Secret Tragedy DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2002
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act help tell the story of a tragedy that was kept secret for over 50 years.

It claimed more lives than the loss of the Arizona at Pearl Harbor, yet for decades very few people knew about it. Once documents relating to the tragedy were finally released--after a filing under the Freedom of Information Act--the reasons for the long silence became clear.

The British troopship Rohna was sunk off the coast of Algeria on November 26, 1943, killing 1,138 people, including 1,015 U.S. American soldiers--the greatest loss of troops at sea in U.S. history. It was also the first successful attack on a ship at sea by a remote-controlled German missile, ushering in a new era of warfare. Partly to keep knowledge of the Nazi's newfound technology under wraps, and partly to prevent the public outcry that would certainly have erupted had the truth about conditions on the Rohna been known, the U.S. Government immediately classified all information relating to the tragedy, and even now it is not fully acknowledged. But with the help of experts like James G. Bennett (the author of The Rohna Disaster) and some of the survivors, HISTORY UNDERCOVER™ lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding the long-ago disaster.

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