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Bismarck

The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

A gripping tale of heroism - and doom - on the high seas...

The sinking of the German battleship Bismarck - a masterpiece of engineering, well-armored with a main artillery of eight 15-inch guns - was one of the most dramatic events of World War II. She left the port of Gotenhafen for her first operation on the night of 18 May 1941, yet was almost immediately discovered by Norwegian resistance and Allied air reconnaissance. British battlecruiser Hood was quickly dispatched from Scapa Flow to intercept the Bismarck, together with new battleship Prince of Wales. They were ordered to find the ship quickly because, on their way from the USA, several large convoys were heading for Britain.

On 24 May, Bismarck was found off the coast of Greenland, but the ensuing battle was disastrous for the British. The Hood was totally destroyed within minutes (only 3 crewmen surviving), and Prince of Wales was badly damaged. The chase resumed until the German behemoth was finally caught, this time by four British capital ships supported by torpedo-bombers from the carrier Ark Royal. The icy North Atlantic roiled from the crash of shellfire and bursting explosions until finally the Bismarck collapsed, sending nearly 2,000 German sailors to a watery grave.

Tamelander and Zetterling's work rests on stories from survivors and the latest historical discoveries. The book starts with a thorough account of maritime developments from 1871 up to the era of the giant battleship, and ends with a vivid account, hour by hour, of the dramatic and fateful hunt for the mighty Bismarck, Nazi-Germany's last hope to pose a powerful surface threat to Allied convoys.

©2009 Niklas Zetterling & Michael Tamelander (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • 23-11-16

RD Cool H

Very informative and really gave me a true understanding of the battle between the germans on the english. my heart went out to both sides showing bravery during world war ii i recommend this true story of the Bismarck

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  • 06-04-14

Blown Out Of the Water

Whilst I was aware of the major points of the history of the Bismarck this audiobook was brilliant at bringing the details to life. I would recommend this audio book for anyone with an interest in WW2 history of maritime history. The only downside was it felt like the narrator was rushing a little a times and could have slowed down the reading a bit. However this is an issue that you do get used to and by the end of the audiobook I didn't notice the speed of the reading at all.

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Informative and well read..

What did you like most about Bismarck?

A well set out book outlining all the background and history of the short operational life of the German Battleship.

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The no nonesence way in which the facts were delivered in a unhurried and calm way was excellent.

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Great book!

A great narration of one of the great naval stories. Well researched and written. Recommended.

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You sunk my battleship

Would you listen to Bismarck again? Why?

Yes I'd listen to it again
The Bismarck was a beautiful ship

What other book might you compare Bismarck to, and why?

Any great naval battle books

Which character – as performed by Charles Constant – was your favourite?

All of them

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I could listen to it again no problem

Any additional comments?

Great book