The Bismarck 1941: Hunting Germany's greatest battleship

The Bismarck 1941: Hunting Germany's greatest battleship

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by Angus Konstam, Paul Wright
     
 

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The break of the German battleship Bismarck into the North Atlantic in May 1941 was one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II. It began with a battle between the Bismarck and the British battleship Prince of Wales and the heavy cruiser Hood. The Hood was blown to pieces, while the battered Prince of Wales managed to escape. The British then focused all of

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The break of the German battleship Bismarck into the North Atlantic in May 1941 was one of the most dramatic episodes of World War II. It began with a battle between the Bismarck and the British battleship Prince of Wales and the heavy cruiser Hood. The Hood was blown to pieces, while the battered Prince of Wales managed to escape. The British then focused all of their resources on hunting the mighty German battleship and eventually brought her down.

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“Konstam sheds new light on Bismarck's extensive armor systems and armament, British efforts to locate their quarry despite seemingly impossible odds, and the Nazi battleship's ultimate defeat. His book features more than 60 photographs drawn from museums and private collections, plus a few striking illustrations by Paul Wright.” —Toy Soldier & Model Figure (August 2011)

“Konstam provides a basic yet sensible introduction to the topic and situates the Bismarck campaign in its historical context ... the selected illustrations and photographs ... complement the text nicely...” —Christopher Kretzschmar, The Northern Mariner

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ISBN-13:
9781782008439
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/20/2012
Series:
Campaign , #232
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
27 MB
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Meet the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 history books, 30 of which have been published by Osprey. This acclaimed author has written several maritime histories, including Sovereigns of the Sea, The Battle of North Cape, Piracy: The Complete History and the Naval Miscellany. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Royal Armouries in the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, in Scotland. For more information visit www.anguskonstam.com

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brien, Dudley Pope and C. S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.
Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.

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The Bismark was launched on Valentines day. The reason the german navy, the Kriegsmarine built her because to sink countless numbers of merchant ships. The British was so afraid that they sent almost every big ship in the Royal navy. Meanwhile in the Noregion fjords the Bismark was steaming through. Then suddenly a British reconassistance spitfire spotted the Bismark. At night at Scapa flow, 2 prized BritishThe battle was in minutes. battlships left the harbor. They were on there way to meet 2 cruisers; the HMS Norfolk and the HMS Suffolk. The admiral assumed all 4 ships would soon meet and destroy the Bismark. But when the ships got closer, the destruction against the ships will get closer. More than 4,000 yong sailors waited for confrontion. Then the battle began.The battle lasted minutes. Then there was a hit on the HMS Hood. It blew up and sank quicky. The other ships turned so that their rear turrets could fire as well. But many of their rear turrets are not working. After 45 minutes the British ships withdrew. The Bismark also had been damaged. The bow of the ship was low in the water. Then the ship disappeared as if she was never builted before. Then the British founded her with a catlina flying boat. As the Bismark sailed, swordfish torpedo planes flew from every direction. They were to low to be shot down. A torpedo hit the rudders of the ship. Now the ship was going in large circles after the rudders been hit. Itis also trailing oil painfully at speed of less than 20 knots. Then a smudge of smoke came from the horizon. Then more smudges of smokes came from the horizon. The Bismark stopped sailing. It ran out of oil. British ships began to fire salvos. Shell after shell slammed on the Bismark. Flames were shotting out of the shell holes. But the Bismark never gave up. The german battle standard flag was still flying.The British ships were small and their fuel was so low that the time was set to 10:00 a.m. If it did not sink soon, the British ships would have to go back to Scapa flow on Orkeny Island. Then the order was to fire the last 2 torpedos to the Bismark. It dealt the final blows along with the Bismark scuttling. The ship sank. The 3 smokestacked cruiser; Dorsetshire picked up 115 survivors. There is a time line in the book to show you the important events that happened there in real life.