Exploring the Bismarck: The real life quest to find Hitler's greatest battleship

Exploring the Bismarck: The real life quest to find Hitler's greatest battleship

by Robert D. Ballard, Rick Archbold
     
 

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Shells from the British guns shrieked overhead and thudded onto the crippled battleship Bismarck. Fires burned on her decks and choking black smoke billowed skyward. Deep in the ship Adi, Franz and Heinz wondered if they would ever survive this furious sea battle. Maybe they could reach a higher deck by crawling up through that dark and narrow cable shaft.

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Shells from the British guns shrieked overhead and thudded onto the crippled battleship Bismarck. Fires burned on her decks and choking black smoke billowed skyward. Deep in the ship Adi, Franz and Heinz wondered if they would ever survive this furious sea battle. Maybe they could reach a higher deck by crawling up through that dark and narrow cable shaft.

The lights from Robert Ballard's underwater camera sled Argo shone down on the sunken battleship. The Bismarck's guns pointed crazily upward as if still ready to fire. Huge shell holes gaped in her wooden decks, and eerie giant swastikas glimmered through the darkness. Nearby stood an open doorway - the same door that Hitler had walked through nearly half a century before...

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-8-- An excellent series entry that vividly recounts the history of the German battleship, Bismarck , from its construction to its sinking, and finally, its rediscovery 50 years later. As he did in The Wreck of the Isis (1990), Ballard intersperses his present-day account with an imaginative section that tells the story of the Bismarck' s demise from the eyewitness point of view of three young German soldiers. The easy-to-read text is extremely well illustrated. Important historical photographs are combined with bright, clear, full-color contemporary shots that show the research ship and Argo, the same underwater vehicle that was used in Exploring the Titanic ( 1988, both Scholastic). Well-executed drawings and diagrams clarify important concepts. One diagram, for example, uses apt comparisons to show how very deep the Bismarck lies beneath the ocean surface. An exciting title for report writers, browsers, and adventure lovers. --Don Reaber, Meadowdale High School, Lynnwood, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590442695
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1993
Series:
Time Quest Books
Pages:
61
Product dimensions:
8.53(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.19(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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