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Fantastic WWII movie!,
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This review is from: Sink The Bismarck! [DVD] (1960) (DVD)
What can you say about the greatest naval chase ever!! The Bismarck had one of the shortest naval careers ever, but the fear this battleship instilled was beyond measure! The Bismarck was, at the time, the most modern equipped ship afloat. Radar assisted guns, making them incredibly accurate at any range, and a host of other equipment at her disposal. The flak fire she could put up against enemy aircraft was more efficient than most ground installations had at their disposal!
The fact that she sank 'the pride of the Royal Navy', HMS Hood within minutes of an engagement, was testament to the fact that she was powerful beyond measure. She diverted a lot of the Royal Navy's resources to find her, and in the end sink her.
The film itself is made like a Film/Documentary. Although many may be put off because it was made in black and white, I personally think this adds to the poignant flavour of the film. Kenneth More's character, although ficticious, adds a great dimension to the 'chase' of, at the time, the worlds most deadliest battleship.
Also, even thogh the outcome is known, the film still manages to keep you on a knife edge during the whole of the chase!
I would definently recommend this film to anyone considering looking at the history of World War 2, because of all the naval encounters during that period of 1939 - 1945, none were quite so fraught as the 'Hunt For The Bismarck'!!
I may also like to add the point that many naval servicemen lost their lives during the hunt for the Bismarck. HMS Hood lost over 1400 sailors in less than 45 seconds, during its brief encounter with the Bismarck. And the Bismarck herself lost a total of about 2000 sailors!
Like I earlier mentioned, I would certainly recommend this film to anybody who loves nostalgic war films, with truth written in abundance. This a great testimony to the brave men who sailed during those horrendous years of World War 2!