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The Destruction of the Bismarck

by David Bercuson, Holger H. Herwig (Author)

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I've re-read this today, which is the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the Bismarck by the Royal Navy, in which over 2,000 of its crew lost their lives. This book is a fine account not just of the battleship's one and only sortie, but also the background against which it took place, and the personalities involved which produced a result very different to what it might have been. The book interestingly shows that Hitler, although no sailor on his own admission, had a much clearer and correct view of the future of naval strategy and fleet formation than his own admirals. The book is based on extensive research but wears its learning lightly and is suitable for a wide variety of readers. ( )
  ponsonby | May 27, 2011 |
Some new information makes this book a worthwhile read for the naval historian. ( )
  Sturgeon | May 6, 2007 |
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"Late in morning of May 27th, 1941, the German battleship Bismarck was sunk by an overwhelming British armada in a fierce battle that lasted ninety minutes. Admiral Gunther Lutjens, Captain Ernst Lindemann and 2,206 men of her crew were lost; only 115 survived." "Noted historians Bercuson and Herwig have uncovered much new information on the Bismarck, including a close examination of classified British and United States diplomatic files, only recently opened, revealing secret diplomatic maneuverings between Churchill and Roosevelt. This new information has allowed them to tell the full story of the Bismarck for the first time, from the key strategic decisions of the national leaders, to the gripping hour-by-hour account of the battle. This is history of the best sort, at once vivid and authoritative - the definitive account of one of the most dramatic and momentous events of the Second World War."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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