Battleship Bismarck: A Survivors Story, New and Expanded Edition by Burkard von Müllenheim-RechbergOriginally 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 Mullenheim-Rechberg, the Bismarcks top-ranking survivor, tells the battleships 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 Bismarcks 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 authors 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.
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By Chris Dyer For Mailonline. Nightmarish eye-witness accounts from the survivors of one of the Royal Navy's most devastating disasters have been revealed in a new book - detailing the destruction of the world's biggest ship and the tragic deaths of all but three of its 1,man crew. Last year marked the centenary of the launch of Britain's largest warship of the 20th century and the most powerful warship in the world when it was launched.
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Terrifying accounts by the only three British survivors when HMS Hood was sunk by the Nazis
Seaman Bob Tilburn was one of the three men who survive the inferno that took the ship down. The sailor managed to find shelter behind the splinter shield of an unrotated projectile launcher, a move that saved him from immediate death. The pressure on my ears was increasing each second, and panic returned in its worse intensity. I struggled madly to try to heave myself up to the surface. I got nowhere. Although it seemed like an eternity, I was under water for barely a minute.
The Ship Who was H. Hood named after? Has anyone found and explored the wreck of H. Where can I get information on the final refit H. Hood was to have?
Ted Briggs, 85, was one of only three of 1, crew that survived the sinking during the Battle of the Denmark Strait. - The complement of "The Mighty Hood", as she was affectionately known, was 1,
Commissioned in , she was named after the 18th-century Admiral Samuel Hood. One of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid, Hood had design limitations, though her design was revised after the Battle of Jutland and improved while she was under construction. For this reason, she was the only ship of her class to be completed. Despite the appearance of new and more modern ship designs over time, Hood remained the largest and most powerful warship in the world for 20 years after her commissioning, and her prestige was reflected in her nickname, "The Mighty Hood". Hood was involved in several showing-the-flag exercises between her commissioning in and the outbreak of war in , including training exercises in the Mediterranean Sea and a circumnavigation of the globe with the Special Service Squadron in and When the Spanish Civil War broke out, Hood was officially assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet until she had to return to Britain in for an overhaul. By this time, advances in naval gunnery had reduced Hood ' s usefulness.