Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story, New and Expanded Edition

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'One of the most significant examples of Britlain's sea power was the chase and final destruction of the most powerful warship in the world, the Bismarck. We cheered when she went down, a tremendous threat had been removed. But some of us, sometimes, thought about the other side of the story. Thanks to Baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg, one of her pitifully few survivors, we now know how it felt aboard the Bismarck. This book leaves nothing to the imagination.' Edward L. Beach
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'One of the most significant examples of Britlain's sea power was the chase and final destruction of the most powerful warship in the world, the Bismarck. We cheered when she went down, a tremendous threat had been removed. But some of us, sometimes, thought about the other side of the story. Thanks to Baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg, one of her pitifully few survivors, we now know how it felt aboard the Bismarck. This book leaves nothing to the imagination.' Edward L. Beach
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An eyewitness account of the Nazi battleship's entire career, from its commissioning to its sinking, by its top-ranking survivor. Updated and expanded (first ed. was 1980) to add recent information and personal reflections. This edition was first published in German in 1987 by Verlag Ullstein, and is translated by Jack Sweetman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780870210273
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1990
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.44 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    Powerful Battleship, Brave Crew

    This is not 'Sink the Bismarck', the fiction movie made in 1960's based on some truth but more of vivid imagination and guess; This is real and true accounts describing from the other side, from a surivior who was among those brave crew battling valiantly against the far superiority odds after almost forty years silence when the world has been rained by the jammed fictions, novels all with imaginations and conjunctures on this subject from the side of victors. If reader has a little knowledge of battleship, if he does not want to cheat himself, he will not detach himself from appreciating the Bismarck which was the pride of German Navy, the largest battleship ever built in the world during that stormy era, as Winston Churchill was obliged to addmit with an admiring eye : ' She was a terrific ship, and the masterpiece of Naval construction. '; and he will be immensly impressed ad amazed by his exceptional striking power showing on May 24th 1941 at time that he was forced to send the once British largest warship Hood to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean at a range of 20,000 meters within only six minutes and with only ninety-three shells raining on her, and by his unbelievable staying power displaying on May 27th 1941 in his final struggle against the far supeiority enemy by refusing to sink after undergoing almost three thousand shells pouing form four British battleships within ninety minutes. And as this result, I believe reader will be in the state of both consternation and unsurprise when he eyes the unique fact in navel history that within six hours after Hood sunk, the British deployed forty-two ships, four battleships, two battlecruisers, two aircraft carriers, three heavy cruisers, ten light cruisers and twenty-one destroyers to have a one-thousand-three-hundred nautical miles pursue to destroy him.If reader still possesses temperament of chivalry, if he is not without impartial, he will not deny to respect the brave crew, who embodied the best German Navy tradition, who was in the desperate situation, surrounded by heavy enemy units, but still stood up with great courage and fought a most courageous battle against the overwhelming superiority enemy for which even the British Fleet commande Tovey had scarcely not to write with evident admiration then : ' She( the Bismarck ) put up a most gallant fight against impossible odds, worth of the old days of the Imperial German Navy, and she went down with her colors '; nor will the reader certainly be indifferent but with high admiration when he reads the touching dramatic scene of the saluting captain Lindemann went down with his ship. Besides those above the author renders to us, the author also fills some gapes in history by revealing some important facts which the history did not tell or ignored accidentally or incidentally : According to the author it is not those shells pounding from British battleships were responsible for the final Bismarck sunk, but scuttling, the self-destruction after all the fire control system out of action, done by the brave crew on the Bismarck took the responsibility for it, like German had scuttled the whole Imperial German High Sea Fleet in Scapa Flaw on June 21 1919; Based on the author three important reasons have contributed to the tragedy of the Bismarck : One is incorrect information provided by German Navy headquaters; the other is German failure to pay attention to the consequence of the possibility of the damage of rudder, which led to the catastrophe, when the Bismarck had been on his maiden sea trail; the third one was the crucial one thousand tons shortage of fuel suppy when he set his sail; It is the author who has unveild, for the first time, the secret of the real tonnage of this giant battlship coming to the ligh : He was 53,000 tons when fully equipped, exceeding the tonnage limitations set by international treaty. Overall, I highly recommend this book which is a very powerful, touching and authentic accounts about this famours

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