Killing the Bismarck

Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet
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Author(s): Iain Ballantyne
Original Publish Date: May 19, 2014
Product Number: EB00755442
Released: Mar 08, 2019
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ISBN: #9781848849600
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
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"An excellent account . . . A suspenseful narrative that will keep readers on the edge of their seats." —WWII History Magazine In May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, broke out into the Atlantic to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy's pursuit and subsequent destruction of Bismarck was an epic of naval warfare. In this new account of those dramatic events at the height of the Second World War, Iain Ballantyne draws extensively on the graphic eyewitness testimony of veterans, to construct a thrilling story, mainly from the point of view of the British battleships, cruisers, and destroyers involved. He describes the tense atmosphere as cruisers play a lethal cat and mouse game, shadowing Bismarck in the icy Denmark Strait. We witness the shocking destruction of the British battle cruiser Hood, in which all but three of her ship's complement were killed—an event that filled pursuing Royal Navy warships, including the battered battleship Prince of Wales, with a thirst for revenge. While Swordfish torpedo-bombers try desperately to cripple the Bismarck, we sail in destroyers on their own daring torpedo attacks, battling mountainous seas. Finally, the author takes us into the final showdown, as battleships Rodney and King George V, supported by cruisers Norfolk and Dorsetshire, destroy the pride of Hitler's fleet. This vivid, superbly researched account portrays this epic saga through the eyes of so-called "ordinary sailors" caught up in extraordinary events—conveying the horror and majesty of war at sea in all its cold brutality and awesome power.

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CD
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Author(s): Iain Ballantyne
Narrator(s): Traber Burns
Product Number DD29932
Released: Jan 17, 2017
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ISBN: #9781470813352
eAudio
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Author(s): Iain Ballantyne
Narrator(s): Traber Burns
Product Number Z100105614
Released: Jan 17, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470813390

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