‘Das Boot‘ is a German television series based on two books by Lothar-Günther Buchheim — ‘Das Boot’ (1973) and ‘Die Festung’ (1995). The series is a sequel to the 1985 film of the same name. Both the film and the TV series is set during World War II. There are two parallel narratives in the story, one of them is set during the German occupation of France and the eventual Franch Resistance. The other narrative follows a German U-Boat (submarine) called U-612 and the lives of its crew.
Captain Klaus Hoffmann is the leading character of this series. He is the son of one of the most respected U-Boat captains in German military history. However, Klaus is new in his role and has not yet managed to earn the respect of his peers. Hoffmann’s First Watch Officer Karl Tennstedt gets the better of him, being a much more aggressive commander than Hoffmann. The series also follows the life of a German woman who acts as a translator for the German Army. If you enjoyed watching this show and are looking for more titles that deal with similar themes and story-lines, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Das Boot’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Das Boot’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Generation War (2013)
‘Generation War’ is a German miniseries set during the Second World War. It is based on five characters and how they manage to navigate through the perilous times of Nazi Germany and WWII. All of them are friends but have taken to different paths. One girl is working as a nurse; two of them have been recruited in the army to fight at the eastern front; one is a singer; while the fifth friend is a Jewish tailor.
This miniseries is divided into three episodes, namely — ‘A Different Time’, ‘A Different War’, and ‘A Different Country’. One of these friends, Wilhelm, is our narrator. He takes us through the story, and whenever there is a time gap, he explains to the viewers what happened in between. The show received widespread critical acclaim in Germany but got severely condemned in Poland because it depicted the Polish as brutal anti-Semites and the Germans as people misled by the Nazi propaganda. In other parts of the world, the reviews varied from leveling the same criticism as the Polish press and also praising the series for showing the conditions of the German people during WWII.
7. Soldier Soldier (1991-1997)
A British series set during World War II, ‘Soldier Soldier’ is named after a song with the same name. The story of this series is based on the lives of British soldiers who work in the ‘B’ Company, 1st Battalion The King’s Fusiliers. The show is set in the aftermath of the Cold War. During this period, many regiments of the British Army were being incorporated with each other and thus see significant changes in their lives because of the same. The most famous actor to work in this series is Jerone Flynn, who would later go on to play the role of Bronn in the epic TV series ‘Game Of Thrones’.