- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press; 1st Edition edition (4 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059306352X
- ISBN-13: 978-0593063521
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Sank The Bismarck Hardcover – 4 Jun 2009
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The memoirs of a Second World War bomber pilot.
From the Back Cover
May 1941, the pilots of fifteen canvas-covered biplanes struggled to hold their Swordfish aircraft steady as they aimed towards the German battleship Bismarck. They flew low over a wind-wracked ocean, aiming their torpedoes, totally vulnerable in their open cockpits. If they failed now Bismarck would escape to safety.
Among these brave flyers was a young Sub-Lieutenant in the Fleet Air Arm, John Moffat. Only years later was John told that it was his torpedo that had prevented the Bismarck from outrunning her Royal Navy pursuers.
I Sank the Bismarck is a personal story of a carefree young boy, raised in the Borders, growing up to join a fledgling Fleet Air Arm. It's the story of a young pilot, living for the moment, facing war, and taking part in one of the most important battles at sea ever fought by Britain and the Royal Navy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
With that gripe out of the way let me say what a splendid read it is. It's packed with anecdotal and personal experiences of the naval war in the Mediterranean culminating (as the title suggests) in the north Atlantic with the Swordfish attacks on the Bismarck. But there is plenty to ponder on before we reach the Bismarck. It's packed with all the little details that won't be found in an historians account. Did you know that the Scharnhorst & Gneisenau were referred to as the Ugly Sisters by the Ark Royal's crew as they attempted to hunt them down? I just love things like that. Only first-hand accounts can flesh out history for subsequent generations and we should be grateful to those who have taken the trouble to record it. Anyone with an interest in military first-hand accounts will not find anything to complain about with this book.
Oh dear...before submitting this to the ether I took a look at the other reviews and could scarcely believe what I read. Some one has written...`could have been an excellent book with a little less self praise.' It's an incomprehensible comment as the author is self effacing in the extreme.
Here's to you Mr Moffat...we all owe you one!
This is one of the best books I have ever read, I found it totally gripping and really placed you at the point of time in the book.
Very highly recommended indeed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A down to earth account of one mans war which culminated in his part in sinking of the Bismark. A somewhat harrowing story at times. Well worth reading.Published on 6 Dec. 2013 by John
The meeting of mr john moffat after a number of years, was a joy, hes a remarkable man with dignty.Published on 27 Oct. 2013 by Keith Robinson
This book really brings the wartime exploits of our young men to life, and the author's remembrance of every aspect is amazing: shows how much of an influence those early days of... Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by ovidia
This book was a present for my husband who could not put it down, he said it was a brilliant wrtten book.Published on 16 July 2011 by devon maiden
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