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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate; Reprint edition (19 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612000754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612000756
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 924,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...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

About the Author

NIKLAS ZETTERLING, a researcher at the Swedish Defense College, is most recently co-author of The Korsun Pocket: The Encirclement and Breakout of a German Army in the East, 1944. Together with MICHAEL TAMELANDER, a part-time military author, they have written books about the battleship Tirpitz, the D-Day landings and the 1940 campaign in Norway.


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..exciting and competent re-telling of the hunt, pursuit and final destruction of one of the mightiest battleships ever to put to sea. A tremendous British victory, the heroism of the sea-and-airmen involved is calmly and dispassionately portrayed in this fine account. After the shock of the loss of the Royal Navy's battleship Hood with virtually all hands, the attempts to shake off the pursuing pack and the desperate attacks flown by the Navy's venerable Swordfish torpedo bombers are nicely built up by the authors to the final denouement, as the Bismarck, crippled by a torpedo strike, is shelled into oblivion..
A couple of criticisms; the authors don't bring much new information to the table and their style is ponderous and leaden to say the least. This is not helped by the authors attempt to weigh up and evaluate the decision making process undertaken at each stage of the hunt by the various interested parties. On the German side they rely heavily of course on Mullenheim-Rechberg's memoir but don't appear to realise that an English translation was published. The authors are not native-speakers and sentence construction is predictably and unfortunately rather wooden in places, while this work has more typos and omissions than any other similar work I've ever read. In short the text desperately needed copy editing. Recommended despite these shortcomings.
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I'm not a Naval historian, just very interested in understanding the true events. I thought this book was a compelling read from start to finish and told the story in a was that was both engaging and easy to understand.
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This is a very detailed story about the German battleship Biosmarck and its meetings with the British Navy in the Denmark Strait and the |North Sea - its two battles and its eventual destruction. It also shows how close the eventual victory achieved by British sailors was achieved,.
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There is nothing original in this book,it's not bad
But silly and daft errors crop,the most startling being
They called seaman tillburn corporal tillburn
If doing research they should get the basics right there are no
Corporals in the royal navy,
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