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The USS Silversides Submarine to be featured on the Smithsonian Channel

July 12018 at 9:00 PM Eastern


The USS Silversides Submarine Museum is excited to announce the second season of the Smithsonian Channels Series Hell Below featuring our own Submarine currently on display in Muskegon, Michigan.  The USS Silversides, an historic Gato class submarine; received twelve battle stars for World War II service and was awarded one Presidential Unit Citation for cumulative action over four patrols. She is credited with sinking 23 ships, the third-most of any allied World War II submarine, behind only the USS Tang and USS Tautog. The tonnage of the ships sunk by Silversides amounted to 90,080 tons, second only to Tang's total. Judged by such standards, Silversides has the most prolific combat record of any still-extant American submarine. She is has been the primary artifact at the USS Silversides submarine Museum for 30 years. The museum and Submarine are open year round. Please see www.silversidesmsuem.org.


This series features work by author James Scott who wrote the book the war Below. Here is a link from when he spoke at the museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhlvlPH-OqM

Sneak Peek: https://appbox.sho.com/snav72gs9





NEW YORK – June 14, 2018 – Submarine attacks are among the most feared forms of maritime warfare. During World War II, these underwater campaigns had no borders – spanning from the frigid waters of the North Atlantic to the crystalline expanse of the South Pacific. The U.S. Navy and the other Allied powers faced off against German U-boats and Japanese forces set on unrestricted submarine warfare. HELL BELOW details both the successes and tragedies of these underwater conflicts in World War II and during the Cold War with all new episodes beginning Sunday, July 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.


HELL BELOW profiles the strategic and military masterminds behind these submarine campaigns as well as the rapidly evolving technology used in stalking and battle. Each hour-long episode features expert analysis and stock footage along with dramatic re-enactments filmed aboard authentic World War II era submarines, placing viewers in the heart of battle.


The season premiere, IN ENEMY WATERS, tells the story of the USS Silversides during World War II. Under the command of charismatic Lt. Cdr. Creed Burlingame, the USS Silversides sets course for Guadalcanal as part of the campaign to liberate this key island in the Pacific. While the crew must prevent Japanese supplies and reinforcements from reaching Guadalcanal at all costs, it faces unexpected challenges, including a desperately ill crew member needing emergency surgery as the sub enters a battle zone close to the Japanese stronghold of Rabaul.


In the series finale, World War II gives way to the Cold War and the stealth strategy of global superpowers. HELL BELOW joins the Soviet submarine B-59 en route to Cuba, carrying a nuclear-tipped torpedo that brings the world closer to nuclear war than anyone ever imagined.



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