Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History

Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History


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Battleship Bismarck is a marine forensics analysis and engineering study of the design, operation, and loss of Germany's greatest battleship, drawing on survivors' accounts and the authors' combined decades of experience in naval architecture and command at sea. The investigation has covered fifty-six years of painstaking research, during which the authors conducted extensive interviews and correspondence with the ship's designers and survivors of the Battle of Denmark Strait and Bismarck's final battle. Albert Schnarke, former gunnery officer of DKM Tirpitz, sister ship of Bismarck, aided greatly by translating and circulating early manuscript materials to those who participated in the design and operation. Survivors of Bismarck's engagements actively contributed to this comprehensive study, including Vice Admiral (then Lieutenant) D.B.H Wildish (RN), damage control officer aboard HMS Prince of Wales, who located photographs of battle damage to his ship.

After the wreck of the Bismarck was discovered in June 1989, the authors served as technical consultants to Dr. Robert Ballard, who led three trips to the site. Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron contributed a chapter of his comprehensive overview of his deep-sea explorations of Bismarck, illustrated with his team's remarkable photographs of the shipwreck.

The result of these nearly six decades of research and collaboration is an engrossing and encyclopedic account of the events surrounding one of the most epic naval battles of World War II. Battleship Bismarck has finally resolved some of the major questions such as, "Who sank the Bismarck, the British or the Germans?"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591145691
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 386,270
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

William H. Garzke Jr. is a 1960 graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering and earned his master's degree in applied mathematics from Adelphi University. In 1993 by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers cited him as one of 100 notable naval architects of the twentieth century. In 2007 the University of Michigan, the College of Engineering, awarded him the Michigan-Rosenblatt Award for his research and work in the development of the art and science of forensic naval architecture. He lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Robert O. Dulin Jr. is a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who earned his MS in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT. Mr. Garzke and Mr. Dulin co-authored the classic Battleships trilogy (Naval Institute Press, 1976-95), dedicated to the battleships of World War II.

William J. Jurens spent his working career teaching engineering graphics at the university level, and currently serves as an associate editor for Warship International. He is an active member of the renowned Marine Forensics Committee of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, along with its co-founder, Mr. Dulin and co-founder and current co-chair, Mr. Garzke.

James Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, a member of the Marine Forensics Committee, and a deep-sea explorer with an intense scientific interest in battleship Bismarck.

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