The Loss of the Bismarck: An Avoidable Disaster

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The battleship Bismarck, flagship of the German Fleet and one of the world's most formidable warships, was sunk by the British Home Fleet in May 1941 - just seven days out on her first operational voyage. Victory for the British was muted by the loss of the Hood, with 1,400 men, blown up by the lethal accuracy of German gunnery three days earlier. But the loss of the Bismarck was the death sentence for Admiral Raeder's radical solution to the problem of British sea power.

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The battleship Bismarck, flagship of the German Fleet and one of the world's most formidable warships, was sunk by the British Home Fleet in May 1941 - just seven days out on her first operational voyage. Victory for the British was muted by the loss of the Hood, with 1,400 men, blown up by the lethal accuracy of German gunnery three days earlier. But the loss of the Bismarck was the death sentence for Admiral Raeder's radical solution to the problem of British sea power.

Raeder began planning for Ship F in 1934. She was to be a fast battleship, the equal of anything afloat, a symbol of Germany's resurgent naval power. Completed in 1940, she displaced 41,700 tons, had a speed of 30 knots, a main armament of eight 15-inch guns, and was armoured on a massive scale. Her first breakout from home waters into the Atlantic was by way of a short stop in the Norwegian fjords, where she was photographed along with her consort the Prinz Eugen by a reconnaissance Spitfire. The chase was on.

In this meticulous new study, drawing on a wide range of sources, Graham Rhys-Jones explores the strategic background to the disaster, and the pursuit itself, to establish what went wrong and who was to blame. He puts a spotlight on the blind choreography of the search and chase at sea, on the stresses of high command, and on the desperate attempts by each side to read the other's mind. In the end, immobilised by the Ark Royal's Swordfish torpedo bombers and surrounded by a dozen British ships, the Bismarck sank, fighting to the last and taking 2,000 men down with her.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781557505330
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7
Preface 9
1 Ends and Means 13
2 Operation 'Berlin': The Experiment Begins 33
3 Operation 'Berlin': The Experiment Continues 55
4 Planning for 'Exercise Rhine' 72
5 Break-Out 90
6 'An Unlucky Hit' 111
7 The Admiralty Intervenes 132
8 A Stale Datum 147
9 The Riddle is Solved 172
10 The Final Ordeal 193
11 The Search for Lessons and Scapegoats 211
Appendix A Technical Controversy 235
Bibliography 241
Glossary 245
Index 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2000

    The Latest Drop In the Bucket

    Rhys-Jones presents the oft-told tale of Bismarck, from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat. It expands the story to include Operation Berlin [Scharnhorst and Gneisenau out commerce raiding] and how this shaped German expectations. Curiously, it never answers the question of how this was an avoidable disaster. The story is told from the upper levels of command, with no mention of how the common sailor experienced this event. There are a couple of errors [referring to 828 Squadron as 848 and labeling HX128 as HX12B on a map]. The author makes several statements which beg for support but find none. He accuses Wake-Walker of misunderstanding the situation when he detatches Prince of Wales to join the Home Fleet, but never explains why this should be a problem. Competently presented, with much reliance on the official records, this is a good addition to the library of anyone interested in this event but it shouldn't be the only source of information. Find a copy of Kennedy's Pursuit.

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