Hunt the Bismarck

The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

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Hunt the Bismarck

The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

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Hunt the Bismarck tells the story of Operation Rheinübung, the Atlantic sortie of Nazi Germany's largest battleship, Bismarck, in May 1941 and her subsequent pursuit by the Royal Navy.

Bismarck entered naval service in the summer of 1940. She was well-armed, with eight 15in guns as well as a powerful array of lighter weapons, while her armoured protection earned her the reputation of being unsinkable.

This claim was put to the test in May 1941 when she sortied into the Atlantic and fought the legendary battle of the Denmark Strait, destroying HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy. Bismarck was now loose in the North Atlantic. However, damage sustained in the battle limited her ability to roam at will, and the Royal Navy deployed the Home Fleet to avenge the sinking of the Hood. The stage was set for the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare.

Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts and intertwining extensive research into a fast-paced narrative, this is the most readable and accurate account of Bismarck's epic pursuit ever produced.

Table of Contents

Time, Speed, Distance and Bearing

Chapter 1: The Bismarck
Chapter 2: Germany's Atlantic Strategy
Chapter 3: The Home Fleet
Chapter 4: Preparations
Chapter 5: Through the Baltic
Chapter 6: Sojourn in Norway
Chapter 7: Move and Countermove
Chapter 8: The Denmark Strait
Chapter 9: Duel at Dawn
Chapter 10: Hood Has Blown Up
Chapter 11: Breakout into the Atlantic
Chapter 12: Hunting for the Bismarck
Chapter 13: Air Strike
Chapter 14: Destroyers in the Night
Chapter 15: The Final Battle


Product details

Published 19 Sep 2019
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 336
ISBN 9781472833860
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam is a Fellow of the Royal Historical…


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