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Die Geschichte der deutschen Schlachtschiffe Bismarck. Schlachtschiffe der Kriegsmarine w?rend des zweiten Weltkrieges.

History of the German Battleships of the Bismarck class battleships of the German Navy during world war II. The German battleship Bismarck a brief history of this battleship of the Kriegsmarine, the Bismarck from its launch in 1939 to its final destruction by the Royal Navy on 27th May 1941.

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Bismarck, 1939.

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The Bismarck

Built by Blohm und Voss of Hamburg and launched on the 14th February 1939.  The Bismarck spent the following 18 months fitting out, and receiving  of main Officers. On the 24th of August 1940 the Bismarck was handed over to the German Navy.

The main Officers of the Bismarck were.

  • the Captain. Ernst Lindemann

  • Gunnery Commander. Commander Adalbert Schneider

  • Chief Engineer Commander Walter Lehmann

  • Damage Control Officer Captain Gerhard Junack

  • Navigating Officer Commander Wolf Neuendorff
  • Executive Officer Commander Hans Ols

Specifications of the the Battleship Bismarck.

Armament: eight 15-inch Guns and 12 6-inch Guns. with a secondary armament of 16 40-inch guns and 16 1.5inch AA Guns.

Speed 30 Knots  Compliment of 2,400  Dimensions Length. 823.5 feet.  Width 118 feet  Height 29.5 feet  Displacement 41,700 tonnes.


Bismarck.  Submitted by email.

At 0555 hrs, after being fired upon for over 3 minutes without a reply, the Bismarck unleashed her first salvo against the British Battlecruiser HMS Hood.  The first salvo fell short, however the Prinz Eugen's fire scored hits along the mainmast of the Hood that caused severe fires along her deck extending to her funnel.

At 0600, the Hood and Prince of Wales commenced a 20 degree turn to port in order to bring their rear turrets around and place them into action.  At this time, at a range of 18,236 yards, the fifth salvo from the Bismarck found its mark.  At least one shell found its way through the armoured belt and exploded in the Hood's magazine.  The German observers onboard the Bismarck were awestruck by the enormity of the resultant explosion.  The Hood, the Mighty Hood, pride of the Royal Navy and for over 20 years the largest warship in the world split in two and sank in three minutes.  Of a crew of over 1,416 men, only three survived.  Immediately after the sinking of the Hood, Bismarck turned its attention to the HMS Prince of Wales.  Hitting the bridge of the Prince of Wales, Bismarck was clearly at the advantage in this engagement.  At 0603, the Prince of Wales initiated a smoke screen and retreated from combat.  At 0609, the Bismarck fired its final salvo.

Due to damage from hits scored by the Prince of Wales, Bismarck found that a significant oil leak developed that severely impacted her ability to carry out its primary mission.  The resultant damage forced Admiral Lutzens to make a hard choice, continue the mission or return to a friendly port for necessary repairs.  Lutzens choice of sailing to the French port of St. Nazairre led to the greatest ship to ship engagement in World War II.  For the British, "Remember the Hood" became the battle cry of the Royal Navy.  The hunt for the Bismarck took a new and desperate tone.  They had to "Sink the Bismarck".