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Country GER.jpg Germany
(Weimar Republic)
Directed by Gustav Ucicky
Release Date February 2, 1933
Language English
Studio Universum Film (UFA)
Distributor Universum Film (UFA)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Kapitanleutnant Helmut Liers Rudolf Forster
Oberleutnant 'Phipps' Fredericks Fritz Genschow
Liers' Mother Adele Sandrock
Jaul Paul Westermeier
Böhm Gerhard Bienert
Juraczik Friedrich Gnaß

Dawn is a 1933 German movie directed by Gustav Ucicky. Lieutenant Liers and his crew have to face the British fleet. Little by little, they succeed in sinking cruiser after cruiser of the British Royal Navy. But when Liers attacks a cruiser flanked by destroyers, the submarine crew has taken on too much. They are just able to dive, but the British crew has already set a trap for Liers and his men. The submarine is badly damaged and sinks inexorably toward the depths. Together with nine crew members, Liers is stuck inside the submarine.

The film was shot in the last years of the Weimar Republic before Hitler seized power in 1933 but was only released in a recut "Nazi-compatible" version after the seizure of power on January 30, 1933.

The following weapons were used in the film Dawn:

Mauser Gewehr 1871

British sailors are briefly seen with Gewehr 1871 rifles.

Mauser Infanterie-Gewehr Modell 1871 - 11.15x60mmR Mauser
A sailor on the right holds a Gewehr 71.

Maxim MG 08

A Maxim MG08 machine gun on a Dreifuß 16 tripod is used by the British sailors standing in for a Vickers.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The sailors ready the Maxim to ambush the submarine.
Abandoned Maxim on deck.

Luger P08

The arsenal of the U-Boot contains some Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Petermann (Franz Nicklisch) looks at the Lugers while Phipps (Fritz Genschow) asks if both have the same thoughts.


Submarine Iku-Turso

The U-Boot is portrayed by the Finnish submarine Iku-Turso.


76 mm/L'48 M1928 Bofors

The Deck Gun mounted on the submarine is a 76 mm/L'48 M1928 Bofors which stands for an 8.8 cm (3.5 in) SK L/30 gun.

The Deck gun.
Sailor Juraczik (Friedrich Gnaß) manning the gun.

QF 3 Pounder Hotchkiss 47 mm Naval Gun

QF 3 pounder Hotchkiss - 47mm

Type 24 torpedo boat

Two German Type 24 torpedo boats resemble British destroyers.

The AA-guns seem to be anachronistic 2-centimeter (0.8 in) C/30.

Light Cruiser Emden

The 1925 German light cruiser Emden portrays a British armored cruiser.


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