Hunt the Bismarck

Hunt the Bismarck

The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

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  • Author: Angus Konstam
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 19 Sep 2019
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Hunt the Bismarck tells the story of Operation Rheinübung, the Atlantic sortie of the Nazi Germany's largest battleship in May 1941.

Bismarck entered service in the summer of 1940. She was well-armed, with eight 15-inch guns as well as a powerful array of lighter weapons, while her armoured protection earned her the reputation of being unsinkable. This claim was finally 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, while the Royal Navy deployed the Home Fleet to revenge 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 voyage ever produced.

Biographical Note

Angus Konstam is a renowned historian, and the author of over a hundred books, many of which are published by Osprey. These include the Osprey Campaign title The Bismarck 1941, and several New Vanguard titles covering British warships of World War II. His other naval books include Jutland 1916: Twelve Hours to Win the War, The Battle of North Cape, Sovereigns of the Sea, Battleship Bismarck and The Pirate World. A former naval officer, maritime archaeologist and museum curator, he is now a full-time author, specialising in maritime and military history. He lives in Orkney, beside the Royal Navy's great wartime anchorage of Scapa Flow.

Contents

Prologue: The Hood blows up
Preface
Chapter 1: The Bismarck
Chapter 2: Germany's Atlantic Strategy
Chapter 3: The Home Fleet
Chapter 4: Planning Operation Rheinübung
Chapter 5: Through the Baltic
Chapter 6: Norwegian Sojourn
Chapter 7: Move and Counter-Move
Chapter 8: The Denmark Strait
Chapter 9: Duel at Dawn
Chapter 10: Breakout into the Atlantic
Chapter 11: Evading her Pursuers
Chapter 12: The Fruitless Search
Chapter 13: Air Strike
Chapter 14: Destroyers in the dark
Chapter 15: The Final Battle
Chapter 16: Gotterdammerung
Epilogue
Conclusion


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