The Discovery of the "Bismarck" Hardcover – 4 Oct 1990
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Whilst we are treated, once again to excellent illustrations by Ken Marschall of the wreck itself, my own favourite series of images are across pages 218/9 and show the Bismarck sinking, how it turned upside down allowing the big guns to fall away from their mountings, how it then turned right side up as it continued it's voyage - 3 miles down, until it came to rest creating a massive underwater landslide. It is because there are no currents down there that that landslide was found - exactly as it was on the day it was created by this great ship in May 1941.
Having the achieved yet another outstanding feat of finding a famous - but elusive ship so far beneath the ocean's surface, Dr Ballard has, once again put together the most complete account of that search, discovery and final success. He also includes an extremely detailed, accurate and well portrayed account of the life and death of the ship itself. As with the Titanic, all the facts and historic photographs are there and, as I know from researching lesser ships, he really has done the most thorough job of work on all fronts.
From the book's front cover onwards we are, once again, treated to the most "outstanding" collection of artwork created by Ken Marschall. From thousands of photographic images taken far below the surface, Bob Ballard created montage after montage of the various sections and profiles of this great ship so that Mr Marschall was able to provide us with paintings which are as accurate as colour photographs.
Once again (and it will not be for the last time!) I congratulate Dr Ballard on an excellent and professional job of work. Altogether, the most outstanding book for which 5 stars are not enough.
This book is coffee-table size and similar in size, nature and content to others of Ballard's titles relating to the Lusitania and Titanic that were recently added to my collection.
Fortunately for Ballard, the location of the Bismark was known with reasonable precision although it was not exactly where expected. Once located, the wreck was subject to several dives by Ballard and his team. Some images from those dives and the related TV documentary are included. Many more photographs, presumably from British and German naval sources, are of crew members and officers of many of the vessels and of the vessels themselves. Several illustrations are also included.
Where this book differs from the others of Ballard's 'Famous Wreck' titles that I own, is that it is not primarily about events decades beyond the sinking but includes a major slice of the ship's history and details of the battles that caused its loss.Read more ›
The Bismarck class of battleships were amongst the largest warships built in nazi Germany (superseded only by the Kriegsmarine aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin in length) and were both formidable and beautiful.
The story of the persuit and subsequent sinking of this, the most powerful of Hitler's battleships is one of the great maritime naratives of the second world war.
An awesome piece of writing, the book is an excellent combination of history and adventure; the story of the discovery and exploration of Bismarck being almost as exciting as the story of her persuit!
Definately worth a read. 10/10!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read Ballard's Finding The Titanic I was keen to read this, I was not disappointed. Now about to treat myself to the others in this seriesPublished 9 months ago by M. Stevens
Love this book. Loved it when I was 14 and love it now. Excellent condition. And well looked after in the post.Published 17 months ago by gerard gannon
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