Battleship Bismark, A Design and Operational History

After an epic 56 year period of research, the heavyweight history of the Bismark must be the definitive book on this subject. This beautifully produced book, with its fabulous selection of photographs, charts and drawings is not to be missed – Most Highly Recommended

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NAME: Battleship Bismark, A Design and Operational History
FILE: R2949
AUTHOR: William H Garzke jr, Robert O Dulin jr, William Jurens, James Cameron
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Seaforth Publishing
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 610
PRICE: £55.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War II, Second World War, battleships, 
armoured warships, capital ships, KMS Bismark, Kriegs Marine, HMS Hood, 
HMS Prince of Wales, carrier aircraft, Catalina PBY, commerce raider, Brest, 
U-Boats, air cover, torpedo bomber, Fleet Carrier

ISBN: 978-1-5267-5974-0

IMAGE: B2949.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: After an epic 56 year period of research, the heavyweight history 
of the Bismark must be the definitive book on this subject. This beautifully 
produced book, with its fabulous selection of photographs, charts and 
drawings is not to be missed –  Most Highly Recommended

The Bismark was a massive dinosaur that died under the guns and torpedoes of the 
Royal Navy after an epic chase. How much Bismark, and her sister Tirpitz, actually 
returned to Germany from the massive investment in building, storing, crewing and 
operating is debatable. By the time her keel touched water, the battleship was already 
being replaced by the carrier as the capital ship of major navies. Certainly, the 
potential threat of German capital ships at anchor required the Royal Navy to tie 
up expensive capital ships at Scapa Flow as a counter, but the German commerce 
raiders and submarines provided a significantly better return on investment.

The authors, and film maker James Cameron, have collectively produced a highly 
detailed history and review of a powerful battleship that will always be remembered. 
Hitler dictated all aspects of German policy from the moment he became Chancellor. 
Unfortunately for the Germans, he had only risen to the rank of corporal in the 
Bavarian Army during WWI, had limited knowledge of land forces operations and 
virtually no knowledge of naval and military aviation matters. For him, surface 
warships were primarily a status symbol. He never achieved understanding of what 
they might achieve or how they related to the U-Boat fleet and Luftwaffe naval 
aviation. He also failed to fully understand the importance of naval capabilities in 
supporting an invasion of the British Isles. The result was that his surface fleet spent 
much time in port and their crews were raided to crew the rapidly expanding 
submarine fleet, to compensate for its horrific casualties.

This is one of the most exhaustive studies of any warship. The publishers have done 
remarkably well, not just in a fine production, but in offering the book at such an 
aggressive price. This should ensure the maximum sales. The only sadness is that 
the great reduction in the numbers of lending libraries and their book stocks will 
mean that some readers will never see this fine work.

The story of how the Bismark was created is told in as much detail as the technical 
and operational history of the vessel in service. In addition to that, the hunt for the 
wreck of the Bismark is told in detail. Seaforth Publishing rightly enjoys a high 
reputation for the quality of its naval histories and this book will not disappoint in 
the wealth of illustration, including photographs of large scale models and the 
wreck hunt in full colour. Many of the photographs are rare and previously 
unpublished in a Bismark history. To this outstanding selection of images in 
illustration are added charts and line drawings.