JOYCE AT THE HOSPITAL
Joyce is seen walking into a hospital with a large buddle of blankets and other bedding. The next couple of shots should be of her finding her way to the hospital’s office. When she enters the office she hands over the blankets to one of the staff.
I brought some blankets and bedding, donated by the school children
Thank you so much. This will go a long way to cheer up the lads. The hospital’s bedding can be quite drab and this will give those recovering a little taste of home.
(Grabbing the last blanket)
Give our thanks to your children.
It makes them feel good to do their part in the war.
God bless you.
Joyce leaves the office and walks down a corridor on her way out. She finds herself looking into a room were men are recovering from serious wounds (missing limbs, burns, etc). Joyce stops and stares. She is startled suddenly when someone from behind asks if she needs help. She turns around to find a man in a wheelchair. He is missing his legs and wearing a navy uniform.
Can I help you miss?
No.. NO..I was just leaving
Joyce walks away and down the hall. She quickens her pace and exits out the entrance in haste. She is outside with tears running down her cheeks, she sobs as she leave the hospital’s grounds.
RECHBERG SPENDING CHRISTMAS ON BOARD THE BISMARCK.
The scene opens with a lonely Rechberg sitting by himself eating Christmas dinner. Most of the Bismarck’s crew are on leave but there are a few officers seated about in the officers mess hall eating their holiday dinner. In the middle of the room there is a small, decorated Christmas tree.
BERLIN: FEBRUARY 1941, HITLER’S OFFICE.
The scene opens with Hitler standing at the head of a large conference table and his senior officers seated on both sides of the table. Hitler is irate and will soon be screaming about the failure of the Luftwaffe to crush England under the weight of German bombs.
(pounding his fist on the on his desk)
Reichsmarschall Goring you have failed me.
But my Führer....
(cutting off Goring)
I gave you the simple task of smashing the English people and you have failed miserably. Instead of a weakened people, they have grown stronger.
Perhaps my Führer we can reason with them. Perhaps a peace can be found.
No, No, No!!!! I have a better idea. (Calling on his Chief of the navy) Admiral Reader.
Yes my Führer.
(Hitler is getting worked up)
I will crush their will to resist.
Admiral Reader, Increase our U-boat attacks against the British life line to the United States. Unleash our Warships to pray on their pitiful convoys. Sink the merchant ships that carry food and fuel to England. I want to starve that Island... I want them to pay for their insolence. Without those supplies, they will be unable to feed themselves let alone defend their island ... They will be begging for mercy when I am through with them. I tell you I will have them begging, begging, begging, begging... (Smashing his fist up and down on the desk)
Hitler wipes his hair back with his hand as he regains some of his composure and looks into the eyes of the officers seated around the room.
LONDON, ENGLAND: WAR ROOM MARCH 20, 1941
The scene opens as Winston Churchill is meeting with the war cabinet to discuss the strategy to engage the Nazi juggernaut. Churchill is standing at the head of a large conference table puffing on a cigar. Chief of Air Staff Sir Cyril Nevall, General Pownall, General Ismay and Admiral Pound are among those seated at the table with the other cabinet members.
Gentlemen, we have won the Battle of Britain. However, the war is still far from over; the outcome still hangs in the balance. Where Hitler intends to strike next is known only in his own mad mind.
We are sending British Troops to support Greece in their stand against the Axis. Of course, this move is going to weaken the strength of our forces in Africa.
We are being stretched to the breaking point.
Churchill places his cigar in an ash tray
Britain can’t continue to fight this war alone much longer.
Before the meeting Churchill had placed a balance scale at the head of the conference table. One side of the scale representing Britain the other side Germany. He picks up several of the small scale weights and begins to address the cabinet members while rolling the weights in his hand. As he speaks he will be placing a weight on the appropriate side of the scale to represent either a British or German defeat.
Gentlemen, every victory for Hitler tips the scales in Germany’s favor.
Churchill places one of the small weights on the british side of the scale and the German side rises...
(he places another weight on Britain)
Norway and Denmark -
(he places more weight on Britain)
The low countries -
(He adds even more weight)
(The British side of the scale nearly hits bottom)
Churchill picks up the rest of the weights, looks at it in his hand and clenches it in his fist. He stops and stares into the eyes of the each of the men seated at the table. There is a pause as Churchill awaits comment from the committee. Sir Nevall clears his throat for a moment and then speaks to Churchill and the Cabinet members.
The Germans have kept up their night time bombing of our cities. Although recently I must say at a somewhat reduced rate.
Prime Minster, our intelligence shows that Gerry’s navy is preparing to launch some sort of large offensive, very big, sometime during the spring.
‘I’m not afraid of the air. I’m not afraid of invasion, I’m less afraid of the Balkans - but- I’m anxious about the Atlantic.’
Churchill slowly circles the long, polished conference table as he speaks.
Gentleman. Hitler wants to break this nation. He wants to starve us into submission. We are the thorn in his side. He knows our defiance will methodically bleed his Nazi juggernaut to its demise.
We may have weathered the threat of invasion prime Minster. But Hitler is now turning his full attention to our convoys. He wants to deprive our nation of the food and supplies that they bring. U-boats on the seas and Focke-Wulf Condors in the air have been menacing our ships. His surface raiders are charging into the Atlantic to prey on our convoys as we speak.
Then this is where we must take our stand, however I must tell you that if we lose the Atlantic all is lost. For the sake of Great Britain we must prevail.
Churchill piles the remaining weights that have been in his hand on the German side of the scale and it bangs down on the table with a loud thud.
RYAN AND JOYCE MARCH 21, 1941
Ryan sees Joyce when he comes home for a visit before reporting to the Norfolk. Joyce has been staying at her parent’s house. Ryan knocks on the door. A very pregnant Joyce answers.
Ryan??? Oh my God!!!
She jumps into his arms kissing him.
Oh. My lord. Mom and Dad, Ryan’s here.
Ryan looks down at her belly
Wow. You really are big.
(with a bit of sarcasm)
I can’t believe we’re going to have a baby.
(He holds her out to get a better look at her)
Look at you.. You look so good...
Oh I miss you so much, love
(Grabbing at her back and leaning back)
I missed you too.. I must say I don’t know how I am going to make it, my back has been bloody killing me.
Just then her parents come down the hallway.
So good to see you Ryan.
(Giving Ryan a kiss on the cheek)
Good to see you home son.
(Shaking Ryan’s hand)
The four of them enter the living room. Ryan opens up the conversation.
I only have a two night stay. I am on my way to my next assignment. I have to report to the cruiser Norfolk.
Joyce just stares at him.
You have a new duty?
In your letters you never mention you were leaving the Hood.
(looking at joyce)
I am sorry, I didn’t want to worry you.
Joyce looks at Ryan with apprehension. Joyce’s father speaks up.
How’s my Jack doing.
Good.... he’s been staying out of mischief. The navy may still make a good officer out of him yet.
You’ll have to excuse me, Ryan. I have to start dinner. I am sure you and Joyce have a lot to talk about.
Joyce’s mother pulls father with her.
Come father, leave these two alone. They have a lot of catching up to do.
When mother and father leave, Joyce takes Ryan’s hand and the two run up stairs. They enter her room and embrace in a kiss as Ryan reaches out and closes the door to her room. The next scene shows Ryan eating dinner with Joyce and her parents. The evening ends with Ryan and Joyce in bed. Ryan hashis hand on her belly as he’s lying next her.
I wish you hadn’t left Hood.
I know, it wasn’t my choice.
There is a long pause. She realizes that it not something that Ryan had any control over.
The BBC has been reporting that German warships have been sinking our convoys.
It’s true...It is getting pretty dicey.
Grabbing his hand she pulls it to the other side of the belly.
You feel that.
The baby’s kicking.
There is a moment of silence. Ryan realizes that he has even more to live for and understands that Joyce is really scared.
(looking up at her face)
I promise to come home safe.
Please my love, Please do.
FADE TO BLACK:
THE BISMARCK. MARCH 22, 1941
The Bismarck is training in the Baltic Sea still practicing gunnery. The guns roar and the crew loads and sights the gun. The Hood is the adversary during these war games. The crew are at their posts. When the guns fall silent. Lindemann congratulates the crew.
(over the ships intercom)
Crewmen of the Bismarck. Our preparations are nearing an end. In today’s training you have bested the British and the terror of our war games the battle cruiser “Hood”. You should be proud of your accomplishment. Soon the Germany’s enemies will feel the sting of German steel.
The intercom is turned off. Gunnery Officer Rechberg address his crew.
Gentlemen you’ve heard the Captain. You have performed well. We are finally ready to accept our mission and meet the enemy.
CLYDE ENGLAND. THE NORFOLK MARCH 23, 1941
We see Ryan boarding a small boat that takes him out the Cruiser Norfolk. The ship is anchored in the harbor. Crewmen are painting the ship and swabbing the decks. Ryan’s boat pulls along side. Ryan exists the boat and walks up the gangway to the ship’s deck. An ensign greets him with a salute. The ensign takes Gunnery Lieutenant-Commander Anderson to meet the ship’s captain. The captain is on deck a few steps away.
Lt. Commander Anderson reporting for duty.
Welcome aboard Anderson. I have heard good thing about you.
Thank you sir.
The ensign will show you to your quarters.
LONDON, ENGLAND APRIL 20, 1941
Churchill is surveying the rubble of bombed out houses with his group of advisers standing by. Churchill is talking to a group of rescue workers.
Prime Minister, we’ve pulled out 3 today alive. We hope to find more this afternoon.
(Churchill gives the victory sign)
Good work. (Turning to the group)We can take it.
We’re behind you 100 percent sir.
Turning away and leaving the group Churchill is escorted by his sectary Colville.
(his eyes well up)
“poor people, poor people. They trust me, and I can give them nothing for quite a long time.
They both take few steps farther. Colville introduces Churchill to Roosevelt’s envoy. Churchill regain himself, he takes a deep breath and exhales.
Prime Minister, this is Mr. Harriman from the U.S.
Ah yes, Mr. Harriman, I believe If I am correct, your president sent you to see if England as any fight left in her.
Yes Prime Minister, the President wants to help, but there are many back in the states that feel it’s a losing cause.
You can tell your President Roosevelt that England will not fold.
(looking back at his staff)
I am sorry I don’t have the time right now but if you can keep up, you are more then welcome to follow along.
I understand Prime Minister, you are a busy man.
The group finds themselves in a church court yard(or inside a large church). Churchill beacons his cabinet members to move closer. He’s looking to be brought up to date on the war situation.
Give me the news, Gentlemen
Our army has failed to check the German advance in Africa. Our Allies have also been over run in Yugoslavia and Greece in a matter of weeks. Once more the Germans are pushing us off continental Europe. We have retreated to the Greek Island of Crete.
Admiral Pound what support can the navy give to our troops that are on Crete?
Well Prime minister, we will do what we can, but the navy is stretched thin as it is. We are faced with even more urgent issues in the Atlantic. As you know the German Battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau have ravaged our convoys in the North Atlantic. All of our efforts to chase them down have failed. The German ships were able to return safely to German occupied France. (Small pause) Our intelligence reports that what we all have feared most greatly has come to pass;, the Bismarck is now ready to join the hunt.
A nightmare that I have long dreaded...(Churchill clears his throat)
If Hitler’s engine of destruction, the Bismarck, were to break out into the Atlantic and cut Britain’s lifeline between the United States and our Commonwealth it would have calamitous effects. We must destroy Bismarck not only to protect our ships from material damage but to rid the seas of this evil and the negative morale created by her very existence.
What would you have us do Prime Minster?
I want battleships stationed to intercept the Bismarck when she sorties. Preferably the Hood with another one of our newest battleships. That should give us the advantage. Have the cruisers patrol the approaches into the Atlantic. If they can intercept the Bismarck and hold fast to her, we could dog her to her doom.
The Hood is just finishing up a refit and crew training. She should be ready in a day or two.
Good, then spare no time in having those ships in position.