Admiral Gunter Lutjens and the Sinking of the Bismarck

Admiral Günter LütjensOn 18 May 1941, the Kriegsmarine, under the direct order of Grand Admiral, Erich Raeder, put into effect Operation Rheinübung.

The objective of the operation was for the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy-cruiser Prinz Eugen to breakout into the Atlantic and destroy Britain’s trade lifeline, the merchant convoys from North America.

Admiral Johann Günther Lütjens was placed in command of the operation.

The Royal Navy put everything that it could into finding and sinking the German raiders, amassing a task force of over forty ships. Eventually, on 27 May 1941, a ferocious sea battle ensued and the Bismarck was sunk. Lütjens, along with two thousand of his crew, lost their lives.

For more on the hunt to find and sink the Bismarck take a look at John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck. Click here to read the Kindle preview. Continue reading “Admiral Gunter Lutjens and the Sinking of the Bismarck”