The Bismarck’s crew was made up of just over two thousand men. Following her sinking, only 114 survivors were plucked from the sea, 110 of them by HMS Dorsetshire and the Tribal-class destroyer HMS Maori. The rescue of survivors was called off by the captain of HMS Dorsetshire amid reports that a U-boat may be in the area.
Later, three of the survivors were indeed rescued by a U-boat that made it to the scene and a further two were rescued by a German fishing trawler.
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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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HMS Hood pictured from HMS Prince of Wales as they engaged the German battleship Bismarck and the battlecruiser Prinz Eugen during the Battle of the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941. Continue reading “HMS Hood attacking the Bismarck, Battle of the Denmark Strait”