‘Sink the Bismarck’ – Germany’s Super-Battleship of WW II by Tom McGowen is a very quick and pleasant read. The Bismarck was trying to break-out into the Atlantic Ocean with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen to attach and sink allied merchant shipping. This book is a brief and not too an overly detailed account of the events leading up to the sea battle between the Bismarck and the British battlecruiser HMS Hood supported by the battleship Prince of Wales. The mighty Hood, an Admiral-class battlecruiser, was commissioned in 1920. While dated, it was the pride and joy of the British Navy. Over 1400 men in the Hood perished May 24, 1941; there were only three survivors. The cry went out all over Britain: ‘Sink the Bismarck!” Days later, the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal launched several swordfish torpedo bomber attacks on the Bismarck; one of their torpedoes jammed the Bismarck’s rudder rendering the Bismarck with a significant steering problem and loss of her top speed. After several days chase the battleships HMS King George V and the Rodney, along with heavy cruisers Norfolk and Dorsetshire finally cornered and sank the Bismarck, Germany’s most renowned battleship. This is a good reference book for any juvenile or teen and an interesting read for any History enthusiast. There is also a great Fox War Classic movie by the same title. Don’t miss reading Tom McGowen’s book ‘Carrier War,’ another raise your interest in History type of book. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.
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