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Iain Ballantyne
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24 Feb 2014
In May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, broke out into the Atlantic, to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy's pursuit and subsequent destruction of Bismarck was an epic of naval warfare. In this new account of those dramatic events at the height of the Second World War, Iain Ballantyne draws extensively on the graphic eye-witness testimony of veterans, to construct a thrilling story, mainly from the point of view of the British battleships, cruisers and destroyers involved. He describes the tense atmosphere as cruisers play a lethal cat and mouse game as they shadow Bismarck in the icy Denmark Strait. We witness the shocking destruction of the British battlecruiser Hood, in which all but three of her ship's complement were killed; an event that filled pursuing Royal Navy warships, including the battered battleship Prince of Wales, with a thirst for revenge. While Swordfish torpedo-bombers try desperately to cripple the Bismarck, we sail in destroyers on their own daring torpedo attacks, battling mountainous seas. Finally, the author takes us into the final showdown, as battleships Rodney and King George V, supported by cruisers Norfolk and Dorsetshire, destroy the pride of Hitler's fleet. This vivid, superbly researched account portrays this epic saga through the eyes of so-called 'ordinary sailors' caught up in extraordinary events. Killing the Bismarck is an outstanding read, conveying the horror and majesty of war at sea in all its cold brutality and awesome power.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime (24 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783462655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783462650
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 839,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Ballantyne has spent time in most types of warship, from nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers, to destroyers and frigates. Past assignments as a writer have taken him from the Arctic to minefields off war-torn Kuwait and into the Bosnian war zone.

He reported on patrols by British commandos in Ulster's 'Bandit Country' during The Troubles and also from Berlin as special guest of the German government at a time when it was working hard to persuade the world that reunification was a good idea.

Iain was one of a select few journalists aboard the carrier HMS Ark Royal when the pilot of a Sea Harrier shot down over the Balkans was rescued by Special Forces and returned to the ship.

In the early 1990s Iain also flew aboard a US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier during flying operations off Libya - experiencing the full 'cats and traps' roller-coaster ride. He also accompanied Royal Marines on fast boat anti-smuggling patrols off Hong Kong prior to the 1997 hand over of the former British colony to China.

More recently, Iain was aboard a Royal Navy frigate during a NATO counter-terrorism exercise in the Mediterranean and the same year (2008) visited US Navy and British warships facing down the Iranian threat in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

Aside from being aboard the frigate HMS London when she was nearly hit by a torpedo launched by a Soviet submarine in 1991, during his visits to the USSR in its dying days Iain also came across a previously secret Russian prototype submarine at Balaclava in the Crimea. His report and photographs of the vessel when published were a world first.

During other forays into Russia Iain was allowed full access to the Kirov Works in St. Petersburg, which had manufactured Soviet T34 tanks during WW2 and secret military technology during the Cold War, also twice visiting the Kronstadt naval base (a restricted area). One memorable interview session with a Russian admiral involved 16 vodka toasts to 'the beautiful women of the world.'

In 1992 Iain was one of two writers spearheading an evening newspaper series on the industrial-naval city of Plymouth as it struggled to recover from post-Cold War defence cuts. His work played a pivotal role in securing the Evening Herald a top prize in the UK newspaper industry's national awards. The Evening Herald was named National Community Newspaper of the Year.

In 2007, Iain's work in the maritime arena was saluted with a Special Recognition Award from the British Maritime Charitable Foundation (BMCF), for making 'a consistent and unwavering contribution to raising maritime awareness over the years'.

In addition to being founding (and current) Editor of the naval news magazine WARSHIPS International Fleet Review, Iain continues to write for newspapers as well as magazines. His input for several years also infused and informed stories on naval affairs in the Sunday Telegraph and most recently in the Sunday Times.

Iain's books have been published by Orion, Pen & Sword and the US Naval Institute Press. In 2010 Iain's WW2 era book, 'Killing the Bismarck' (Pen & Sword), was awarded a 'Mountbatten Certificate of Merit' by a distinguished panel of judges who paid fulsome tribute to its qualities. Iain is an Associate Member of the HMS Warspite Association, a profile of the legendary battleship having been his first proper naval history book.

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`This well written and absorbing book clearly illustrates home truths about war at sea. I commend it to you.' --From the Foreword to Killing the Bismarck by Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB Former First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff

`Iain Ballantyne plunges you into the thick of the action. Lashed by salt spray, deafened by roaring guns and choked by cordite smoke, the sheer intensity of the battle scenes leaves you shell-shocked. Even so, you dare not put the book down. Killing the Bismarck does not release its grip until a final, macabre twist. This book surely confirms Iain Ballantyne's position in the front rank of contemporary naval historians.' --Captain John Roberts, MBE, Royal Navy, author of Safeguarding the Nation, the story of the modern Royal Navy.

Iain Ballantyne plunges you into the thick of the action. Lashed by salt spray, deafened by roaring guns and choked by cordite smoke, the sheer intensity of the battle scenes leaves you shell-shocked. Even so, you dare not put the book down. Killing the Bismarck does not release its grip until a final, macabre twist. This book surely confirms Iain Ballantyne's position in the front rank of contemporary naval historians.' --Captain John Roberts, MBE, Royal Navy, author of Safeguarding the Nation, the story of the modern Royal Navy.

'I have just finished reading Iain Ballantyne's magnum opus - an aphorism I use entirely without irony, for `Killing the Bismarck' is a truly towering work. It will surely become - indeed I imagine it is already - a `must read' for any future historian looking at these dramatic and terrible events. In `Killing the Bismarck' the author superbly combines a literally blow-by-blow account of the campaign to destroy a Nazi battleship, with intensely human accounts from those who took part. He has left no stone unturned, no story untold, in his exposition of those vital days. Iain Ballantyne has also deftly placed the destruction of Bismarck in the wider context of the war as a whole, and its crucial importance, revealed as much implicitly through his account of the steely determination displayed by the Royal Navy.' --Rob White, award-winning documentary film-maker, whose notable works include the remarkable `The Battle of Hood and Bismarck'. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Iain Ballantyne is a much published naval author. His books for Pen and Sword include Warspite, London and Victory in the Famous Ships of the British Navy series as well as Strike From the Sea. He is editor of Warships International.


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding story from the human viewpoint 8 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is an outstanding addition to naval history.Other books about the Bismarck have tended to focus on the political/strategic aspects of the chase and eventual destruction of this mighty vessel, giving prominence to the senior officers involved. This book tells the story through the eyes and ears of those officers and sailors further down the pecking order located below decks or in a gun turret. It draws extensively on the memories and words of those who participated and and captures the extraordinary way that the heat of action overtook their senses to the extent that, against all the odds of normal common sense, ordinary sailors continued to function normally in the midst of death and destruction all round them. The book also captures the driving force that revenge for the loss of HMS Hood played and which imbued everyone from top to bottom both ashore and afloat. Lastly it poses answers to some interesting questions that are still discussed - and disputed - today. Above all the book is an excitingly good read which I finished in a few days always reluctant to put it down lest I lost the gripping sense of atmosphere that pervades every page.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing The Bismarck 14 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I did enjoy this account of Bismarck's one operational foray into the Atlantic it is well written and reads well , the sources are well documented and linked to the text and the illustrations are very good - sharp clear and have been well chosen.
The quality of production very good good quality paper and the font size is easy on the eye.
There are a few things which did not appeal , the maps are quite poor and are too small appearing in the appendices , they would have been better located in the relevant chapters - larger clearer would have been better.

How does the author give his account - very well in particular how he tells of the loss of Hood and the sinking of Bismarck.

The myths of the Bismarck - these could by and large have been addressed (IMO) within the main text of the book and the "Dark Secret" of the Royal Navy does not really work for me.

A good account of her career and the circumstances of her loss .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Reads like a novel 13 Feb 2011
By Sparky
Format:Hardcover
I would really recommend this book - it combines excellent detail from the British side and combines it with the stories of the men who were there. Each chapter adds to the story and the notes oftern carry further anecdotes including one I enjoyed on the fate of the Bismarck's cat "Herr Oscar".
The various myths around the loss of Hood and the sinking of the Bismarck are examined fairly at the end of the book and a rather sad chapter goes through the fate of all of the ships involved - not many made it to the end of the war.
A great one volume summary of this fascinating event.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing the Bismarck -My opinion 25 Oct 2010
By Steve
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Excellent, well written and very informative. I couldn't put it down. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. Well worth the money....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb !! 30 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Top marks for a well researched and enthralling book. Very well written and easy to read as the sequence of events and important backround info is so well put together. Many less well known elements of the operation are included in the chapters plus aspects of great interest appear in the appendices. In these respects the choice of what went where is spot on as otherwise some aspects would have interupted the flow of events. Having read a number of books on the subject over the years this, (to me), stands out head and shoulders above, so unsurprisingly I highly recommend it. A set of well printed photos is included and the general quality of the entire book is excellent.
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