Bismarck

The Final Days of Germany’s Greatest Battleship

Michael Tamelander & Niklas Zetterling

229 x 152 mm, 320, 8-page photo section, 9781935149040, £19.99, Hardback, Casemate
1 June 2009

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• Gripping tale of heroism - and doom - on the high seas
• Chronological account of the hunt for and demise of Germany’s greatest ever battleship

The sinking of the German battleship Bismarck—a masterpiece of engineering, well-armored with a main artillery of eight 15-inch guns—was one of the most dramatic events of World War II. She left the port of Gotenhafen for her first operation on the night of 18 May 1941, yet was almost immediately discovered by Norwegian resistance and Allied air reconnaissance. British battlecruiser Hood was quickly dispatched from Scapa Flow to intercept the Bismarck, together with new battleship Prince of Wales. They were ordered to find the ship quickly because, on their way from the USA, several large convoys were heading for Britain.

On 24 May, Bismarck was found off the coast of Greenland, but the ensuing battle was disastrous for the British. The Hood was totally destroyed within minutes (only 3 crewmen surviving), and Prince of Wales was badly damaged. The chase resumed until the German behemoth was finally caught, this time by four British capital ships supported by torpedo-bombers from the carrier Ark Royal. The icy North Atlantic roiled from the crash of shellfire and bursting explosions until finally the Bismarck collapsed, sending nearly 2,000 German sailors to a watery grave.

Zetterling and Tamelander’s work rests on stories from survivors and the latest historical discoveries. The book starts with a thorough account of maritime developments from 1871 up to the era of the giant battleship, and ends with a vivid account, hour by hour, of the dramatic and fateful hunt for the mighty Bismarck, Nazi-Germany’s last hope to pose a powerful surface threat to Allied convoys.

Reviews

…a thorough treatment, including material from interviews with survivors of their sinkings and the impact they had on the naval war in the Atlantic.

SEAPOWER, December, 2010


Beautifully written, exhaustively researched and a mine of thought provoking insight...this is not just the best military history book I’ve read for a many a year but the best book full-stop. Essential. Buy it.

MODELARMOUR NOVEMBER, 2010


A fresh look at the life and death of the most famous German warship of World War II.

NYMAS, 2010-01-15


essential background and new historical insights make otherwise inexplicable elements of the Bismarck story much clearer, without diminishing the drama of the epic sea chase and its vivid, human details.

WORLD WAR II MAGAZINE, 2009-11-09


outstanding book about naval warfare…real time, you are there style that conveys all of the anxiety of actual combat at sea.

WWII HISTORY MAGAZINE, 2009-09-09


... a very interesting and useful history …once you start… you will be very hard pressed to stop until the smoke has cleared and the ship is sunk.

INTERNET MODELER, 2009-08-09


…unable to put it down…I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes the study of naval battles or just wants to read about an action-packed sea battle.

IPMS, 2009-08-09


A fresh look at the life and death of the most famous German warship of World War II…a very good read…

STRATEGY PAGE, 2010-09-01


…a thorough treatment, including material from interviews with survivors of their sinkings and the impact they had on the naval war in the Atlantic.

SEAPOWER, 2010-11-10


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