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Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Chronicles the entire career of the Bismarck, from its commissioning to its sinking by the Allies.
Hardcover, 467 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by US Naval Institute Press (first published 1980)
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'Aussie Rick'
Dec 01, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-military, ww2, naval

Having first read this book back in the very early 1990's all I can recall was that it was a well told account of the German battleship Bismarck from one of the officers who survived the sinking. It’s a great account and well worth the effort to read if you can find a copy.

From the publisher:
“Originally published to much acclaim in 1980, this is the story of the legendary German battleship that sunk the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, on May 24, 1941, and three days later was hunted down and
James Burns
Like all's quite on the western front, You experience the battle, chase and the sinking through the eyes of a German Officer, the highest ranking survivor. I try to read everything I can About the sinking of the German BattleShip Bismark. I became interested in the Bismark when at an early age when I saw the Movie "Sink the Bismark. The author re-emphasizes some facts that need to be looked at, and brings to life some controversies that still go on today.

The Ship= Far superior to any ship afloat
Dr. George H. Elder
This is an invaluable account from those who want the perspective of someone who was actually there. Moreover, the Baron had ample time to commune with the other survivors before the text was written, and thus gained considerable insights. The most important hits and the consequences are well laid out. The language is a bit technical at times, but here we have a highly educated man. I liked how the story was told, and found the prison camp material very useful as it related to the survivors tale ...more
Aaron Meyer
Nov 20, 2010 Aaron Meyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, ww-2
I found this book to be an excellent read on the voyage of the Bismark and its destruction. Now there have been many books written on that subject and many of them would be considered pretty much the same, but the part of the book that really cinched it for me was the last part which detailed the prisoner of war camps in Canada and the interrogations in England. Here was something I hadn't read about before and you get inside information on what went on (and there were a few incidents, but no sp ...more
Charles Mccain
Sep 27, 2010 Charles Mccain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Less than 150 men out of crew of several thousand survived the sinking of the Bismarck. The author was the highest ranking officer to survive and he was a junior officer. This is the only memoir written by a survivor of the Bismarck and for that reason alone it merits five stars. That it’s well written by a brilliant, sensitive man just adds to the pleasure of reading it.
Kevin Griggs
Apr 28, 2013 Kevin Griggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best account written about this German battleship in world war II from the German point of view a must read for anyone who likes military or historic books author goes into detail about the chase, the damage and the end to the Bismarck my favorite naval chase
This is an important evidential account of service aboard the German battleship Bismarck, by its highest-ranking survivor. It isn't really a book one reads for pleasure, but if you're interested in researching the history of the ship (and the perspective of a German officer aboard that ship during its final battle) it should be an essential part of your literature review. My main criticism of Baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg is that, apart from his very stiff, formal tone (i.e. he writes like a Ger ...more
Dr. George H. Elder
One of the best books written on the subject, and one that portays the horror of naval war in great detail. On senses the dutility once the Bismarck was torpedoed aft, her rudder wrecked and fate sealed. Anyone who wants to understand this great ship and the futility of its mission is well advised to read this book. The German powers-that-be simply did not understand naval airpower and they threw away 3,600 German and British lives for no net gain.
Pete daPixie
Feb 11, 2009 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-wwii
The full story of this behemoth warship from slipway to Exercise Rhine.
Dec 25, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
I ready this a long time ago. I cannot remember the details any more.
Walter Panzar
Mar 19, 2013 Walter Panzar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by a ranking officer and member of the German nobility on board the Battleship Bismarck as it was sunk by the British navy in May 1941.
Totally fascinating.
Nov 12, 2012 Bdevore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and educational detailed read on the ship, some self promoting by the author but not too bad
I different look at the sinking of the Bismarck. This time from a survivor of it's battles and sinking. We written and very interesting.
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