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Know Your Enemy

The Silent War Episode 1 of 2

For decades, Britain and America's Cold War submarines waged a secret war of espionage against the Soviet navy. Deep in the ocean, crews were locked in a game of cat and mouse as each side battled to gain the tactical and technological advantage.

After decades of silence, submariners from both the east and west are now allowed to talk more openly than ever before about how they plotted to win the war beneath the waves. The west's superior technology allowed them to secretly shadow the Soviet fleet, at close quarters, giving them vital intelligence and the upper hand if war broke out.

Shadowing submarines was dangerous. The film explores close encounters between western and Soviet forces that put the lives of submariners at risk. Candid interviews with British, American and Russian submariners reveal the pressures of lengthy underwater patrols that drove them to the edge of their physical and mental limits.

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1 hour

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Sun 22 Dec 2013 03:25

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Role Contributor
NarratorHaydn Gwynne
ProducerDavid Belton
DirectorDavid Belton
WriterDavid Belton
Executive ProducerChris Granlund
ParticipantRoger Lane-Nott
ParticipantMikhail Kuznetsova
ParticipantBo Bohannon
ParticipantCharles Young
ParticipantNorman Hodgson
ParticipantMartin MacPherson
ParticipantAnatolii Andreev
ParticipantLillian Bohannon
ParticipantSandy Woodward
ParticipantJohn Speller
ParticipantDavid Owen
ParticipantOwen Cote
ParticipantBruce De Mars
ParticipantAleksandrovich Ketov
ParticipantGary Slaughter
ParticipantVladimir Chernarvin
ParticipantIgor Kurdin
ParticipantToby Eliot
ParticipantImogen Eliot
ParticipantVladlen Navmov
ParticipantKevin Whitehouse
ParticipantGennadi Kapitulskii
ParticipantGannon MacHale
ParticipantVictor Palamarchuk
ParticipantFrank Turvey
ParticipantTatyana Kuznetsova
ParticipantIan Hewitt

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