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The last submarine

The last submarine (DVD subtitle: Secret Mission Tokyo) is a predominantly German television film, shot in English by Frank Beyer in 1993. It is loosely based on the voyage of the German submarine U 234 to Japan in 1945, which, however, is called into question by the German surrender en route.

Original titleThe last submarine
DirectorFrank Beyer
scriptKnut Boeser
productionAlfred Nathan (ZDF)
Werner Swossil (ORF)
Paul Coss (ABC)
Kagari Tajima (NHK)
Manfred Durniok
musicOskar Sala
cameraWitold Sobociński
cutRita Hiller



This film is based on a true incident that occurred towards the end of the Second World War. The German submarine U 234 Type X was supposed to bring a secret cargo to Japan in March 1945, consisting of a dismantled Me 262 jet aircraft, construction plans, components of a V2 rocket, blueprints of the most important weapons developments in Germany, mercury and 560 kilograms of uranium oxide.

The radio operator, Wolfgang Hirschfeld, kept a diary during this voyage, despite the prohibition, and on this basis published the books “The Last Boat” and “Feindfahrten” in 1982 and 1989. However, the film makes no reference to the book of almost the same name in its credits.

Almost all of the film's dramatic entanglements are fictitious, only the suicide of the Japanese officers is documented. After the news of the end of the war, the commander of U 234, Kapitänleutnant Johann-Heinrich Fehler, voluntarily decided to head for the USA in order to avoid British-Canadian captivity. In the process, he actually faked a wrong position so as not to have to go to the nearest port in Canada, and was eventually tracked down by a US destroyer. However, there were no combat operations or even threats.


"A television production by Frank Beyer [...], which is based on documents from archives, but which does not claim historical reality."

DVD release

The film was released on DVD by Pandastorm Pictures GmbH in 2010. In other language areas the film was known as The boat 2 marketed,[2] alluding to the film The boat by Wolfgang Petersen.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The last submarine. In: Lexicon of international film.Filmdienst, accessed on July 9, 2017. Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used
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