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Bismarck: The Chase and Sinking of Hitler's Goliath [Paperback]

GH Bennett , R Bennett , E Bennett

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17 Dec 2012
Launched in 1939, Bismarck was the most formidable surface ship in Hitler s fleet. Displacing over 55,000 tons when fully loaded and armed with eight 38-cm guns in four main turrets, she was a formidable piece of German naval engineering. Sunk on her first and only war cruise, 27 May 1941, this great victory for the Royal Navy was also a human tragedy. Only 114 of her 2,200 crew survived the Royal Navy s final storm of shells and torpedoes. Despite her short career, the story of Bismarck and the precise reasons for her loss have fascinated many and been the subject of controversy since 1941. The discovery of the wreck in June 1989 has only fuelled the debate. How did the Royal Navy stop the massive battleship? Was she sunk in the action or did her own crew scuttle her in a last act of defiance? Bismarck contains the complete Battle Summary: how Hitler s Goliath was located, pursued and attacked, featuring both German and British first-hand accounts including tracking maps for ships times and positions. The foreword, by Commander Sharkey Ward, contains pertinent quotes from Churchill on Britain s dependence on her navy. The introduction, written by a team of historians, includes the Kriegsmarine s purpose in building the ship, the Royal Navy s tactics of destruction and the post war controversy. Bismarck is one of a series containing previously restricted and classified documents in a new, accessible format The specially commissioned commentary is by expert historians Published in collaboration with Britannia Royal Naval College Britannia Naval Histories of World War II an important source in understanding the critical naval actions of the period

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Plymouth Press (17 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841023264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841023267
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,491,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forward by Commander 'Sharkey' Ward DSC. The first edition of Ward's book 'Sea Harriers Over the Falklands' carried the subtitle 'A Maverick at War'. In many ways, this indicated how he was regarded by himself and others during his time in the Royal Navy (1962-1989). However, others thought this did not detract from the significant achievements of his war career. He came to prominence when he led 801 Naval Air Squadron during the Falklands War in 1982 from HMS Invincible. He flew over 60 combat missions and was credited with three air-to-air kills. His book contains his frank opinion on the decision making of several senior commanders during the war. He controversially questions whether, if followed, their actions may have caused Britain to lose the Falkland Islands. With Bismarck Ward says that tracking her position and intended movement was a remarkable achievement in itself. There were no satellites available and the extensive pre-war investment in land-based aircraft was found to be distinctly lacking in the context of maritime surveillance and air warfare. It was as though a sea blindness had infected Whitehall. The concentration of resources on land-based air power demonstrated that the British Government had lost sight of its heritage as an Island Nation dependent upon the sea for all imports and commercial needs.

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