On September 12, 1942 the Cunard ocean liner RMS Laconia was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine, U-156 commanded by captain Werner Hartenstein. He had attacked a legitimate target of war but what shocked to find it full of civilians and prisoners of war, sparking an epic tale of survival, tragedy and human compassion that captivates to this day. Why did Hartenstein try to help? What was the deadly chain of events that led to the rescue effort being attacked from the air? Join us today as we explore the tragic story of the sinking of RMS Laconia.
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