The Live Bait Squadron
This film tells the story of one of the greatest shipping disasters in the world history that took place off the Dutch coast and surprisingly enough, we have almost forgotten all about it. On the 22th of September 1914 three British cruisers, the HMS Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy are patrolling waters between England and the Netherlands. The Great War started seven weeks earlier. On board 2,300 crewmen. They are taken completely by surprise by a new, rather unknown and destructive weapon: the German U-boat. It takes only six torpedoes and one and a half hour to kill 1459 men and teenage boys. For 100 years the disaster has received little attention. Strange! The number of victims is similar to that of the Titanic disaster of two years earlier. Today, three mass graves lie on the bottom of the North Sea only 22 miles from the Dutch coast off Scheveningen. How did it happen? And what has happened since to this naval graveyard?