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Submarines in Old Time Radio

As a machine of war, submarines were the first attack platforms with stealth capabilities and were great plot devices in old time radio. Dive in today!

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"First Atomic Submarine"



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British Bomber Attacking Nazi Sub
The very name strikes both fear and wonder in the hearts of mariners and landsmen alike. As a machine of war, submarines were the first attack platforms with stealth capabilities. They could sneak up on their prey, hidden beneath the waves. While this has an enormous tactical advantage for the attacker, it is natural for the victim to feel that the attack was somehow unsporting. As though sportsmanship meant a great deal in times of total war.

WWII Recruitment PosterThe submarine boat is often a tool for the villain in popular fiction, especially if that villain is somehow technologically advanced. We certainly see this in the childrens serial The Mysterious Island when our heroes take their yacht to the South Seas in search of the beautiful missing girl.

Just as they did for real mariners, submarines became a nemesis to David Harding and the Counterspies. In "Spy Submarine at Logansport" Harding enlists the services of New England fishermen to foil a submarine trying to land saboteurs.

The Mysterious Traveler tells the same submarine story on two different occasions with different titles, "Death Comes for Adolph Hitler" and "Death at 50 Fathoms". Both episodes suppose that the nefarious dictator escaped on a submarine at the end of the War, heading for South America. After the sub is damaged in an attack and settles on the bottom of the ocean, Der Fuhrer is driven over the edge by scratching outside of the hull. Is it the scratching of his victims?

On Arch Obobler's Everyman Theater a young woman loses her fisherman husband to the sea in "The Women Stayed Home". When war comes to her village, she finds an enemy sailor from a sunken submarine and nurses him back to health. Can she face the fact that he is an Enemy?

In May of 1941, on The Adventures of Superman, Clark Kent is reporting on the Navy's newest submarine which can dive to 400 feet. While on a test dive, the sub is grabbed by something, and Clark manages to get on board the rescue sub. Can Superman save the day hundreds of feet beneath the waves?

The Jack Benny Program from Feb 1938 presents their take on the Pat O'Brien movie Submarine D1. Rochester is far from enthused: "Ain't that one of them boats that dunks?"

Vintage Submarine Recruiter PosterThe Columbia Workshop presents in "the second of 26 By Corwin" a play entitled "The Wreck of R-77" on May 11, 1941. A sub sinks and settles on the bottom of the sea. The crew realizes there is no hope of rescue and they only have 60 hours of air left. How would you spend those last hours? Corwin does an interesting job of contrasting the silence of the bottom of the sea with deafening roar of the ship's machinery.

Hitlers undersea boats nearly broke the "Atlantic Bridge" between America and Great Britain. However, in the Pacific, the earliest and most definitive answer to the attack on Pearl Harbor came from Americas submarine forces. Fighting on a fleet submarine took a sort of bravery that is hard to imagine.

It should be remembered that until the advent of the nuclear sub, these ships did not travel underwater. Diving was only performed for attack or as a defense against enemy attacks. During normal operations the submarine was a noisy, crowded and constantly rocking diesel boat. With their long and slender shape they were fairly fast surface craft, but the crew had to perform most of their functions inside the crowded hull. Usually the conning officer and the lookouts were the only crew allowed topside, although during a surface battle a gunnery crew would have been on deck, exposed to both the weather and enemy fire.

When the order came to dive, the ship and her crew were at the mercy of the life of their batteries, the amount of breathable air left in the hull, and the ability of her officers to maintain trim. Praying all the while that the enemy could not detect them and drop depth charge bombs on them.

Dupont's Cavalcade of America presents the dramatization of several factual stories of the brave men who serve in the Silent Service. "The Quality of Courage" is the unlikely story of David Bushnell and his Turtle, a highly unlikely contraption built to operate under water, during the Revolutionary War!

"Red Lanterns on the St. Michaels" is an adaptation of a novel about the Civil War Siege of Charleston and the undersea boat designed to break the Union Blockade. "Take Her Down" is the story of incredibly tough, brave and effective submarine commander, Cmdr Howard Gilmore, who laid down his life to save his boat and his crew. The story of the USS Trigger is told in "Silent Service" starring Dick Powell; the Trigger is sent to patrol practically on the beaches of Japan, but to lay mines because there is a shortage of torpedoes.

Peering through PeriscopeCBS's World News Today for Feb 21, 1943, opens with an announcement that the Navy reports the loss of America's largest submarine. The broadcast is filled with interesting Wartime reporting, however the portion applicable to this collection begins at the 18 minute mark. The USS Argonaut was commissioned in the late 1920's and designed for mine laying. At 358' long, she was the largest non-nuclear submarine built by the United State. She was, however, a huge and ungainly thing, underpowered, slow to dive, and with limited maneuverability underwater. After Pearl Harbor she was refitted for troop transport and her base of operations moved to Brisbane. On Jan 10, 1943, off the island of New Britain, Argonaut spotted a Japanese convoy with escorting destroyers. A US Army bomber was returning from a mission and saw the engagement. A torpedo from the Argonaut struck one of the destroyers, and the others attacked with depth charges. At one point the bow of the Argonaut came to the surface "at an unusual angle and the destroyers pounded her with gunfire until she slipped beneath the waves for the last time.

This Submarine Collection includes old time radio episodes Mysterious Traveler, The Columbia Workshop, Superman, The Jack Benny Program, Cavalcade of America, CBS's World News Today and many more. Dive in today!

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    Volume 1 - 37 shows - total playtime 17 hours 7 minutes
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    1. Action 80 520326 First Atomic Sub.mp3
    2. Authors Playhouse 430106 Off Tokyo Bay.mp3
    3. Authors Playhouse 440708 Kracken.mp3
    4. Bulldog Drummond 480916 Axis Submarine.mp3
    5. Calv 410811 239 Red Lanterns On St Michaels.mp3
    6. Calv 430329 325 Submarine Astern.mp3
    7. Calv 430405 326 Lengthening Shadow .mp3
    8. Calv 430524 332 Pharmacists Mate, First Class.mp3
    9. Calv 431025 354 Take Her Down.mp3
    10. Calv 431101 355 Burma Surgeon.mp3
    11. Calv 431227 363 Uboat Prisoner .mp3
    12. Calv 441030 407 Take Her Down.mp3
    13. Calv 451029 451 My Son John.mp3
    14. Calv 510612 704 Silent Service 4844.mp3
    15. Calv 520617 749 Quality Of Courage.mp3
    16. Calv 521118 762 Away All Boarding Parties.mp3
    17. Captain Midnight 410609 0439 Secret Squdrn Attacks Shark Sub.mp3
    18. Captain Midnight 421230 0717 Destruction Nazi Sub Base.mp3
    19. Cbs World News Today 43022 Loss Americas Biggest Submarine.mp3
    20. Cloak And Dagger 500922 20 Operation Sellout.mp3
    21. Cloak And Dagger 501006 22 Delay On Route.mp3
    22. Columbia Workshop 410511 002 Log Of R77.mp3
    23. Counter Spy 420914 Spy Submarine Logansport.mp3
    24. Counterspy 490823 Bouncing Bank Robber.mp3
    25. Dang Assig 530429 156 End Antisubmarine Base Sabotage.mp3
    26. Dt 471118 000 Case Of Deadly Tip Off.mp3
    27. Escape 530920 214 Log.mp3
    28. Eternal Light 470511 0131 Swim.mp3
    29. Everymans Theater 401220 12 Women Stayed At Home.mp3
    30. Heartbeat Theatre 601030 244 Emergency.mp3
    31. Heroes Merchant Marine 460124 006 Capt. Gus Warren Darnell.mp3
    32. Ila 480425 01 China Coast Incident.mp3
    33. Ila 480509 03 Devils Santuary.mp3
    34. Jack Benny Program 380220 285 Submarine D1 Part One.mp3
    35. Jack Benny Program 380227 286 Submarine D1 Part Two.mp3
    36. Jack Benny Program 421206 459 Liberty Ship.mp3
    37. Lux 521117 803 Submarine Command.mp3
    Volume 2 - 37 shows - total playtime 14 hours 17 minutes
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    1. Lux Radio Theater 430503 394 Navy Comes Through.mp3
    2. Lux Radio Theater 431129 417 Navy Comes Through.mp3
    3. Lux Radio Theater 521117 803 Submarine Command.mp3
    4. Magic Island [028] Joan Jerry Board Sub .mp3
    5. Magic Island [030] Message To Johnson .mp3
    6. Magic Island [032] Submarine Heads For Johnsons Ship .mp3
    7. Magic Island [033] Submarine Surfaces To Meet Johnsons Ship .mp3
    8. Magic Island [035] Tex Contacts Johnson .mp3
    9. Man Behind Gun 440219 Incident In Pacific.mp3
    10. Mandrake Magician 051.mp3
    11. Mandrake Magician 059.mp3
    12. Mandrake Magician 411013 145 Green Mask Is Using Submarine .mp3
    13. March Of Time 371028 00x New York Mayoral Election.mp3
    14. Mayor 430303 23 Dick Millers Submarine Accident.mp3
    15. Mftm 680225 402 Tubby Submarine.mp3
    16. Milton Berle Yellow Submarine.mp3
    17. Mysterious Traveler 450324 066 Death Comes For Adolph Hitler.mp3
    18. Mysterious Traveler 500418 251 Death At 50 Fathoms.mp3
    19. Now Hear This 511014 17 Emperors Bathtub.mp3
    20. Pstory 450304 085 Conquest By Japanization.mp3
    21. Shadow Of Fu Manchu 391028 150 Message From Fus Submarine.mp3
    22. Soldiers Of Press 430516 28 Robert Vermillion Atlntc Convoy.mp3
    23. Sp 531121 0060 Seamonster Of Planet X.mp3
    24. Stroke Of Fate 531220 12 Submarine Warfare.mp3
    25. Stroke Of Fate 531220 Submarine Warfare.mp3
    26. Suspense 430504 040 Death Flies Blind.mp3
    27. Taos 410512 0196 Grayson Submarine Pt 01.mp3
    28. Taos 410514 0197 Grayson Submarine Pt 02.mp3
    29. Taos 410516 0198 Grayson Submarine Pt 03.mp3
    30. Taos 410519 0199 Grayson Submarine Pt 04.mp3
    31. Taos 410521 0200 Grayson Submarine Pt 05.mp3
    32. Taos 410523 0201 Grayson Submarine Pt 06.mp3
    33. The Man Called X 501125 07 Submarine In Bay Of Bengal.mp3
    34. Thin Man Strange Cs Prof. Wainger [frontline Thtr]v.mp3
    35. This Is Your Fbi 510330 313 Saboteurs.mp3
    36. Tiyfbi 520704 379 Five Fathom Stickuprepeat Of 49218.mp3
    37. Words At War 440509 48 Gunners Get Glory.mp3
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    1. Action 80 520326 First Atomic Sub.mp3
    2. Authors Playhouse 430106 Off Tokyo Bay.mp3
    3. Authors Playhouse 440708 Kracken.mp3
    4. Bulldog Drummond 480916 Axis Submarine.mp3
    5. Calv 410811 239 Red Lanterns On St Michaels.mp3
    6. Calv 430329 325 Submarine Astern.mp3
    7. Calv 430405 326 Lengthening Shadow .mp3
    8. Calv 430524 332 Pharmacists Mate, First Class.mp3
    9. Calv 431025 354 Take Her Down.mp3
    10. Calv 431101 355 Burma Surgeon.mp3
    11. Calv 431227 363 Uboat Prisoner .mp3
    12. Calv 441030 407 Take Her Down.mp3
    13. Calv 451029 451 My Son John.mp3
    14. Calv 510612 704 Silent Service 4844.mp3
    15. Calv 520617 749 Quality Of Courage.mp3
    16. Calv 521118 762 Away All Boarding Parties.mp3
    17. Captain Midnight 410609 0439 Secret Squdrn Attacks Shark Sub.mp3
    18. Captain Midnight 421230 0717 Destruction Nazi Sub Base.mp3
    19. Cbs World News Today 43022 Loss Americas Biggest Submarine.mp3
    20. Cloak And Dagger 500922 20 Operation Sellout.mp3
    21. Cloak And Dagger 501006 22 Delay On Route.mp3
    22. Columbia Workshop 410511 002 Log Of R77.mp3
    23. Counter Spy 420914 Spy Submarine Logansport.mp3
    24. Counterspy 490823 Bouncing Bank Robber.mp3
    25. Dang Assig 530429 156 End Antisubmarine Base Sabotage.mp3
    26. Dt 471118 000 Case Of Deadly Tip Off.mp3
    27. Escape 530920 214 Log.mp3
    28. Eternal Light 470511 0131 Swim.mp3
    29. Everymans Theater 401220 12 Women Stayed At Home.mp3
    30. Heartbeat Theatre 601030 244 Emergency.mp3
    31. Heroes Merchant Marine 460124 006 Capt. Gus Warren Darnell.mp3
    32. Ila 480425 01 China Coast Incident.mp3
    33. Ila 480509 03 Devils Santuary.mp3
    34. Jack Benny Program 380220 285 Submarine D1 Part One.mp3
    35. Jack Benny Program 380227 286 Submarine D1 Part Two.mp3
    36. Jack Benny Program 421206 459 Liberty Ship.mp3
    37. Lux 521117 803 Submarine Command.mp3
    Volume 2 - 37 shows - total playtime 14 hours 17 minutes
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    1. Lux Radio Theater 430503 394 Navy Comes Through.mp3
    2. Lux Radio Theater 431129 417 Navy Comes Through.mp3
    3. Lux Radio Theater 521117 803 Submarine Command.mp3
    4. Magic Island [028] Joan Jerry Board Sub .mp3
    5. Magic Island [030] Message To Johnson .mp3
    6. Magic Island [032] Submarine Heads For Johnsons Ship .mp3
    7. Magic Island [033] Submarine Surfaces To Meet Johnsons Ship .mp3
    8. Magic Island [035] Tex Contacts Johnson .mp3
    9. Man Behind Gun 440219 Incident In Pacific.mp3
    10. Mandrake Magician 051.mp3
    11. Mandrake Magician 059.mp3
    12. Mandrake Magician 411013 145 Green Mask Is Using Submarine .mp3
    13. March Of Time 371028 00x New York Mayoral Election.mp3
    14. Mayor 430303 23 Dick Millers Submarine Accident.mp3
    15. Mftm 680225 402 Tubby Submarine.mp3
    16. Milton Berle Yellow Submarine.mp3
    17. Mysterious Traveler 450324 066 Death Comes For Adolph Hitler.mp3
    18. Mysterious Traveler 500418 251 Death At 50 Fathoms.mp3
    19. Now Hear This 511014 17 Emperors Bathtub.mp3
    20. Pstory 450304 085 Conquest By Japanization.mp3
    21. Shadow Of Fu Manchu 391028 150 Message From Fus Submarine.mp3
    22. Soldiers Of Press 430516 28 Robert Vermillion Atlntc Convoy.mp3
    23. Sp 531121 0060 Seamonster Of Planet X.mp3
    24. Stroke Of Fate 531220 12 Submarine Warfare.mp3
    25. Stroke Of Fate 531220 Submarine Warfare.mp3
    26. Suspense 430504 040 Death Flies Blind.mp3
    27. Taos 410512 0196 Grayson Submarine Pt 01.mp3
    28. Taos 410514 0197 Grayson Submarine Pt 02.mp3
    29. Taos 410516 0198 Grayson Submarine Pt 03.mp3
    30. Taos 410519 0199 Grayson Submarine Pt 04.mp3
    31. Taos 410521 0200 Grayson Submarine Pt 05.mp3
    32. Taos 410523 0201 Grayson Submarine Pt 06.mp3
    33. The Man Called X 501125 07 Submarine In Bay Of Bengal.mp3
    34. Thin Man Strange Cs Prof. Wainger [frontline Thtr]v.mp3
    35. This Is Your Fbi 510330 313 Saboteurs.mp3
    36. Tiyfbi 520704 379 Five Fathom Stickuprepeat Of 49218.mp3
    37. Words At War 440509 48 Gunners Get Glory.mp3
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    74 recordings on 34 Audio CDs
    total playtime 31 hours, 24 min

    Disc A001

    1. Cbs World News Today 43022 Loss Americas Biggest Submarine
    2. Magic Island [028] Joan Jerry Board Sub
    3. Magic Island [030] Message To Johnson
    4. Magic Island [032] Submarine Heads For Johnsons Ship

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    Disc A002

    1. Magic Island [033] Submarine Surfaces To Meet Johnsons Ship
    2. Magic Island [035] Tex Contacts Johnson
    3. Mandrake Magician 051
    4. Mandrake Magician 059
    5. Milton Berle Yellow Submarine

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    Disc A003

    1. Thin Man Strange Cs Prof. Wainger [frontline Thtr]v
    2. March Of Time 371028 00x New York Mayoral Election

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    Disc A004

    1. Jack Benny Program 380220 285 Submarine D1 Part One
    2. Jack Benny Program 380227 286 Submarine D1 Part Two

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    Disc A005

    1. Shadow Of Fu Manchu 391028 150 Message From Fus Submarine
    2. Everymans Theater 401220 12 Women Stayed At Home
    3. Columbia Workshop 410511 002 Log Of R77

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    Disc A006

    1. Taos 410512 0196 Grayson Submarine Pt 01
    2. Taos 410514 0197 Grayson Submarine Pt 02
    3. Taos 410516 0198 Grayson Submarine Pt 03
    4. Taos 410519 0199 Grayson Submarine Pt 04
    5. Taos 410521 0200 Grayson Submarine Pt 05
    6. Taos 410523 0201 Grayson Submarine Pt 06

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    Disc A007

    1. Captain Midnight 410609 0439 Secret Squdrn Attacks Shark Sub
    2. Calv 410811 239 Red Lanterns On St Michaels
    3. Mandrake Magician 411013 145 Green Mask Is Using Submarine

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    Disc A008

    1. Counter Spy 420914 Spy Submarine Logansport
    2. Jack Benny Program 421206 459 Liberty Ship

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    Disc A009

    1. Captain Midnight 421230 0717 Destruction Nazi Sub Base
    2. Authors Playhouse 430106 Off Tokyo Bay

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    Disc A010

    1. Mayor 430303 23 Dick Millers Submarine Accident
    2. Calv 430329 325 Submarine Astern

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    Disc A011

    1. Calv 430405 326 Lengthening Shadow

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    Disc A012

    1. Lux Radio Theater 430503 394 Navy Comes Through

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    Disc A013

    1. Suspense 430504 040 Death Flies Blind
    2. Soldiers Of Press 430516 28 Robert Vermillion Atlntc Convoy

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    Disc A014

    1. Calv 430524 332 Pharmacists Mate, First Class
    2. Calv 431025 354 Take Her Down

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    Disc A015

    1. Calv 431101 355 Burma Surgeon

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    Disc A016

    1. Lux Radio Theater 431129 417 Navy Comes Through

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    Disc A017

    1. Calv 431227 363 Uboat Prisoner
    2. Man Behind Gun 440219 Incident In Pacific

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    Disc A018

    1. Words At War 440509 48 Gunners Get Glory
    2. Authors Playhouse 440708 Kracken

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    Disc A019

    1. Calv 441030 407 Take Her Down
    2. Pstory 450304 085 Conquest By Japanization

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    Disc A020

    1. Mysterious Traveler 450324 066 Death Comes For Adolph Hitler
    2. Calv 451029 451 My Son John

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    Disc A021

    1. Heroes Merchant Marine 460124 006 Capt. Gus Warren Darnell
    2. Eternal Light 470511 0131 Swim
    3. Dt 471118 000 Case Of Deadly Tip Off

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    Disc A022

    1. Ila 480425 01 China Coast Incident
    2. Ila 480509 03 Devils Santuary

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    Disc A023

    1. Bulldog Drummond 480916 Axis Submarine
    2. Counterspy 490823 Bouncing Bank Robber

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    Disc A024

    1. Mysterious Traveler 500418 251 Death At 50 Fathoms
    2. Cloak And Dagger 500922 20 Operation Sellout

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    Disc A025

    1. Cloak And Dagger 501006 22 Delay On Route
    2. The Man Called X 501125 07 Submarine In Bay Of Bengal

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    Disc A026

    1. This Is Your Fbi 510330 313 Saboteurs
    2. Calv 510612 704 Silent Service 4844

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    Disc A027

    1. Now Hear This 511014 17 Emperors Bathtub
    2. Action 80 520326 First Atomic Sub

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    Disc A028

    1. Calv 520617 749 Quality Of Courage
    2. Tiyfbi 520704 379 Five Fathom Stickuprepeat Of 49218

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    Disc A029

    1. Lux 521117 803 Submarine Command

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    Disc A030

    1. Lux Radio Theater 521117 803 Submarine Command

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    Disc A031

    1. Calv 521118 762 Away All Boarding Parties
    2. Dang Assig 530429 156 End Antisubmarine Base Sabotage

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    Disc A032

    1. Escape 530920 214 Log
    2. Sp 531121 0060 Seamonster Of Planet X

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    Disc A033

    1. Stroke Of Fate 531220 12 Submarine Warfare
    2. Stroke Of Fate 531220 Submarine Warfare

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    Disc A034

    1. Heartbeat Theatre 601030 244 Emergency
    2. Mftm 680225 402 Tubby Submarine

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