In 1941 Lieutenant Commander Jeffords (James Franciscus), an American serving with the Royal Navy, is assigned to Valletta, Malta, to command a flotilla of Motor Torpedo Boats for a top secret mission. Jeffords is granted permission to take his friend, Chief Petty Officer Yacov (Reuven Bar-Yotam), an Israeli/Palestinian, with him. Through scrounging spare parts from sunken craft, the battered flotilla is able to piece together three seaworthy craft.
Jeffords' mission is to destroy a former Italian submarine base in Augusta, Sicily, that now contains the German's Fritz X glide bombs that have been taking a heavy toll of British shipping. As the bombs are stored in former submarine pens tunneled inside a mountain, an aerial attack is unfeasible. It is up to Jeffords to determine how he will accomplish his mission.
We kicked off the New Year with a rollicking good game of Cruel Seas, recreating - with some poetic license in the interest of making a good wargame - the big nighttime battle at the end of the film.
Thanks to Rob for bringing the tripod and taking some great photos.
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