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Is the New Tom Hanks WWII Movie ‘Greyhound’ Based on a True Story?

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(This article does NOT contain any spoilers for the Apple TV+ filmGreyhound” starring Tom Hanks).

And now the  Apple TV+ streaming service has given us the latest entry in that subgenre: the Tom Hanks naval thriller “Greyhound,” about a newly minted commander leading a convoy of ships in a dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

Hanks’s character, Captain Krause, is a longtime Navy officer, but he’s taking part in war for the first time in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

His job: escort a convoy of supply ships across the Atlantic Ocean and defend them from Nazi U-boats if necessary.

What you see in the film is the type of situation that many ships and convoys faced as the U.

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and Canada shipped supplies to Great Britain throughout the war.

Also Read: ‘Greyhound’ Film Review: Tom Hanks Battles Nazi Submarines in Old-Fashioned War Movie.

In a sense, “Greyhound” is sort of a fictionalized summation of the Battle of the Atlantic, which is the catch-all name for all the fighting that took place in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

The journey across the Atlantic for these ships was a fraught one, with German U-boats often swarming these supply convoys in the portion of the Atlantic known as the “Black Pit” — that’s the part of the ocean that was beyond the reach of British air forces.

Those U-boats took out thousands of ships during the war, so they were a very real threat to any convoy making the Atlantic crossing.

In the novel, though fictional, Forester was essentially creating an ideal scenario that described what it was like for Allied sailors during the Battle of the Atlantic.

“Greyhound,” which is an Apple TV+ exclusive from Sony Pictures, was directed by Aaron Schneider and was actually written by Tom Hanks.


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