In May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck headed out into the North Atlantic to raid Ailled shipping. Found and shadowed by British cruisers, she was engaged by the Hood and the Prince of Wales. Within minutes, she had sunk the former, the pride of the Royal Navy, and damaged the latter. The Bismarck was attacked by Swordfish of the Fleet Air Arm, lost and then relocated, attacked once more and disabled. Now there was no choice for the pride of the Kriegsmarine but to run for safety and the French port of Brest. But then the battleships Rodney and King George V caught up with her.