The Military Channel is showing Operation Pacific, starring John Wayne. The UVerse description of the movie is: “A Naval commander anxious to get his nonexploding underwater missiles working . . . ” Underwater missiles? You mean like, torpedoes? And “nonexploding”? You mean like, defective?
This film is about the scandalous experience with the Mark XIV torpedo during WWII. This weapon malfunctioned with alarming regularity in 1942 and 1943, before the defects in the detonators were discovered. The Bureau of Ordnance stubbornly refused to believe there was anything wrong with the weapon, and blamed the submariners for the failures.
The movie is a fictionalized account of the process of diagnosing the detonator defects and fighting the Navy bureaucracy. Not that you’d know that from the description, which reads like one of those instruction manuals translated from Korean by a native Japanese speaker. Or is it that those who wrote the description don’t know what torpedoes are, or believe that the potential audience doesn’t?