Originally published to much acclaim in 1980, this is the story of the legendary German battleship that sunk the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, on May 24, 1941, and three days later was hunted down and sunk by the British during one of the most dramatic pursuits in naval history Told by a German naval officer who witnessed both sinkings, the book chronicles the brief but sensational career of what was thought to be the grandest weapon of the Third Reich Burkard Baron von M llenheim Rechberg, the Bismarck s top ranking survivor, tells the battleship s story from commissioning to the moment when the captain gave a final salute and went down with his ship.The epic battle between the two great enemy ships captured the imagination of an entire generation and became a popular subject for movies and songs With the discovery a few years ago of the Bismarck s sunken hull off the coast of France, worldwide attention has focused again on the famous ship Reprinted now in paperback for the first time, the work presents the human dimensions of the event without neglecting the technical side and includes information on rudder damage and repair, overall ship damage, and code breaking The book also provides insights into the author s life as a prisoner of war in England and Canada and the friction that existed between the Nazis and non Nazis Germans in the camps Such a personal look at one of the most famous sea encounters in the history of World War II makes absorbing reading....
|Title||:||Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story, New and Expanded Edition (Bluejacket Books)|
|Publisher||:||Naval Institute Press Revised edition January 15, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||496 pages|
|File Size||:||681 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story, New and Expanded Edition (Bluejacket Books) Reviews
I read this book alongside Ludovic kennedy's Pursuit and I found them to be very striking in their points of view and considering this was the greatest Big Ship action of all time [ since 1805 anyway ] one needs to read them both. I also am reading The Destruction of the Bismarck by Bercuson and Herweg.. The Bismarck was the most advanced BB of its day and was also the most elegant if thats the right word. It is absorbing to compare the mistakes of both sides and it must have been a hearts stopping moment for Winston Churchill. I dont believe Hitler really understood Naval actions and probably was not too bothered about the loss.
I did like the narrative and it gave me a glimpse into what went on inside the Bismarck and her crew. Many of the photograhs were a first for me. I especially liked Appendix D, "The Rudder Damage: Were all Possibilities of Repair Exhausted?". Apparently the Bismarck was doomed from the start, but this may have been hindsight on the part of the author.
Excellent book I dreamt about and then accidentally discovered. Von Mullenheim-Rechberg was the highest surviving rank of Bismarck and he takes the reader on an exciting journey from the first trials to the last hours in Atlantic. The author didn't rely only on his memory, but uses also rich sources of military documents and compares his version with other books about Bismarck. The book includes numerous photographs, maps, and battle situation schemes. Highly recommended!
The part of the book about the career of the battleship is very well done. The rest, about the author's subsequent life, dragged on for me.
Great book and good insights from the "other side"
An excelent rendition from the inside. I have read many such books on the Bismarck, this one is great... Thanks BBVMR
Great book and photographs never seen. A view from the other side. Once you start reading its hard to put down.
I read every book in the english language possible since 1972 , this is a good book on insight to the only survivor , but i think he politically was trying to make himself out not to be a "bad german". Decent book thou.