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Hunt the Bismarck: The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

Hunt the Bismarck: The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

by Angus Konstam

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Overview

A brand-new narrative account of one of World War II's most exciting chase stories, the pursuit of the legendary German battleship, Bismarck.

Hunt the Bismarck tells the story of Operation Rheinübung, the Atlantic sortie of the Nazi Germany's largest battleship in May 1941.

Bismarck entered service in the summer of 1940. She was well-armed, with eight 15-inch guns as well as a powerful array of lighter weapons, while her armored protection earned her the reputation of being unsinkable. This claim was finally put to the test in May 1941, when she sortied into the Atlantic and fought the legendary battle of the Denmark Strait, destroying HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy. Bismarck was now loose in the North Atlantic. However, damage sustained in the battle limited her ability to roam at will, while the Royal Navy deployed the Home Fleet to revenge the Hood. The stage was set for the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare.

Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts, and intertwining extensive research into a fast-paced narrative, this is the most readable and accurate account of Bismarck's epic voyage ever produced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472833860
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 702,913
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

About the Author

Angus Konstam is a well-established historian, and the author of over 80 books, 60 of which are published by Osprey. These include the Osprey campaign title Bismarck 1941, and several New Vanguard titles covering British warships of World War 2. His other naval books include Jutland: Twelve Hours to Win the War, The Battle of North Cape, Sovereigns of the Sea, Battleship Bismarck and History of Piracy. A former naval officer, maritime archaeologist and museum curator, he is now a full-time author, specialising in maritime and military history. He lives in Edinburgh, UK.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Hood blows up / Preface / Chapter 1: The Bismarck / Chapter 2: Germany's Atlantic Strategy /

Chapter 3: The Home Fleet / Chapter 4: Planning Operation Rheinübung / Chapter 5: Through the Baltic /

Chapter 6: Norwegian Sojourn / Chapter 7: Move and Counter-Move / Chapter 8: The Denmark Strait /

Chapter 9: Duel at Dawn / Chapter 10: Breakout into the Atlantic / Chapter 11: Evading her Pursuers

Chapter 12: The Fruitless Search / Chapter 13: Air Strike / Chapter 14: Destroyers in the dark

Chapter 15: The Final Battle / Chapter 16: Gotterdammerung / Epilogue / Conclusion