Last battle of the battleship Bismarck. SMS Hansa Victoria Louise-class cruiser.
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This is the only book written by a survivor of the Bismarck. Eventually he was a gunnery officer in charge of sighting targets for the rear turret thus he should have had a good view of what was happening. However because of the ship's lack of control, and the damaged communications from the first hits, he was never ever very clear on what was going on. He did take a tour of the vessel during a lull in the action before the final destruction and it was not a comforting picture he described of a warship after a battle.
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He was assigned to the Bismarck while she was being built so he gives us a description of her development and early trials. Then he moves on to her one and only war patrol. Along the way he examines where the secrecy of the voyage may have been compromised.
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He incorporates both German and British sources to make clear to the reader what and why certain actions were taken. He examines some of the controversial elements of the voyage in his appendices. The main issue is whether the Captain and crew did everything they could have to repair the damaged rudder. He also addresses the moral on board after the Admiral addressed the ship's company with a decidedly negative report on their situation after the rudder damage.
This is a very readable study prepared by someone who was there. DinadansFriend Feb 11, Straightforward account of Bismarck's short life in service, ending in it's sinking in the Atlantic, in , written by one of the few German survivors. The final third of the book covers the five years the author spent as a prisoner of war, in the UK and Canada, DramMan Jan 28, Less than men out of crew of several thousand survived the sinking of the Bismarck.
The author was the highest ranking officer to survive and he was a junior officer. This is the only memoir written by a survivor of the Bismarck and for that reason alone it merits five stars. CharlesMcCain Oct 1, A thoroughly honest account of one of the last battleship actions involving German warships on the high seas in World War II. Showing best matches Show all copies. What makes Biblio different? Facebook Instagram Twitter. Sign In Register Help Cart. Cart items. Toggle navigation. Ships with Tracking Number!
Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. The story of the Battleship Bismarck, Hitler's Naval pride and joy, and the destruction of this indestructible Battleship and the loss of over German Sailors. This disaster was the beginning of the end for the German Navy. Illustrated with photographs, an area map on the endpapers, and a bibliography.
Seller: Robert Gwodz. Translated by Jack Sweetman. The story of the legendary German battleship that sank the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, on 24 May , and three days later was hunted down and sunk by the British fleet during one of the most dramatic pursuits in naval history.
Gift quality paperback protected in its own plastic sleeve - pages including index. Prompt dispatch. Soft Cover. Near Fine. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, A Near Fine copy in Near Fine dust jacket. Blue cloth in sky blue illustrated dj. Map end papers. A hint of edge wear at the lower edge. Laid in is an unused US Naval Institute book plate.
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A Near Fine copy in Near Fine dj. First U. The story of the German battleship Bismarck and its sinking written by the highest ranking officer to survive. Tipped-in on the half title p. Cloth bound hard cover book in v.
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Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. An edition in Very Good condition with an owner's name label on front end paper and fading around the rubbed board edges in an alike dust-jacket with edgewear ; A survivor's story. Nice copy. Edinburgh: Birlinn Ltd. New Edition. New expanded edition.
Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story, New and Expanded Edition (Bluejacket Books)
A clean, square copy, slightly rubbed at tips. Naval Institute bookplate on half title page. Full blue cloth binding. Map endpapers. Maps in text. Dust jacket has a short tear at spine heel. New mylar cover. First Edition. First Edition, First printing. Hard Cover.