On 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.
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John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck is the latest release in the British Flying Legends series and tells the remarkable story of a Fleet Air Arm flying legend who, with a single torpedo strike, delivered from an obsolete biplane, in a force nine gale, in the middle of the Atlantic, brought about the sinking of Germany’s most powerful battleship, the Bismarck.
This is concise insight into the achievements of John Moffat and one of the Second World War’s most infamous sea battles, the Royal Navy’s frantic search and subsequent sinking of the Bismarck in May 1941. Click here to read the Kindle preview. Continue reading “Remarkable legend of the sinking of the Bismarck in new eBook”