Sinking the Bismarck
The German battleship Bismarck was a formidable opponent for Britain’s overextended navy fleet in the Second World War. The 50,000-tonne ship was brand new and equipped with the latest in firepower. It was sure to wreak havoc on the convoys bringing supplies and men that were a lifeline for Britain during the war. In its first foray it encountered Britain’s aging Hood and hit it with a 15-inch shell, detonating her aft magazine and causing a catastrophic explosion. However, Bismarck was damaged in the encounter, setting off a chase to destroy the enemy’s prized battleship before it could reach a safe port.
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