We did find evidence, however, of a fire on the starboard bow of Bismarck, presumably caused by a star shell falling on the deck and burning out.
The overall superior condition of Bismarck can be attributed to advances made in paint and preservative technology from 1932-1939. It would appear that the triple-screw arrangement chosen by the German naval constructors resulted in an approximate one-third loss of turning power when compared to a quadruple-screw ship of the same power. There were several shell holes in the aft aircraft hangar and considerable damage to the boat stowage and searchlight platforms over it. Comments on our work are welcome, as they can further our understanding of this important naval battle of World War II. Modern German warships have abandoned this concept as part of a human factors evaluation. Although the Germans were able to localize the damage caused by the two underwater shell hits, flooding in the affected compartments was permanent and had to be countered by flooding port voids aft in the area of the steering gear rooms to reduce trim and list. As a result, not suspecting he had broken away from his pursuers, the Admiral sent a very long (over 30 minutes) situation report radio message describing the actions of 24 May and the resulting damage.
Mr. Statz could not see aft due to the heavy black smoke exiting from the base of the funnel. Mr. Okun, an expert on armor penetration phenomena, has completed a remarkably comprehensive and convincing analysis of the ballistic protection of the Bismarck, unfortunately as yet unpublished. King George V, with her more modern equipment and radar, also found her target early and between 0920-0924 hit Bismarck with a number of her 14-inch shells. 4./5. Furthermore, Vice Admiral Lancelot Holland wanted to engage the German force before it could break away and sortie into the North Atlantic. Other surfaces show remarkably less corrosion than was observed on Titanic's hull. They recognized the need to provide great initial stability, with commensurate resistance to large lists after side compartments were damaged. In contrast to this, a large polar air mass was situated over Greenland. The ship showed no implosion damage like that found on the after portion of Titanic. These delays to this bold operation in northern latitudes meant the German ships would be operating during much longer daylight periods. There are reports of heavy shells exploding in the port turbine room and in one of the starboard boiler rooms between 0920-0930, when Rodney was at ranges of less than 9,000 meters.
The structural design deficiency was later recognized in Bismarck's sister ship Tirpitz and the longitudinal bulkheads were extended into the stern during repairs in Norway. Copyright 2020 by Tony DiGiulian unless otherwise indicated. The Bismarck was a lively gun platform and the ship's general behavior at sea was probably rather unpleasant, particularly in following seas, where rolling and yawing motions are coupled. iHeart Bismarck Deals Disclosure: iHeartMedia is not responsible for and cannot offer a refund or exchange for lost, missing or stolen vouchers. Garzke, William H. Jr. and Dulin, Robert O. Jr., "The Bismarck Encounter," 10th Naval History Symposium, U.S. The Germans had been both impressed and depressed by the unexpected efficiency of the British radar. Many shells ricocheted after hitting the water surface or simply exploded in the sea. After seven hours of heading in the wrong direction, the British fleet turned to the southeast, the direction in which Bismarck had always been heading. On May 26, time grew critical as Bismarck approached within 12 hours of the protective air cover of the Luftwaffe. The main deck was 50mm thick in way of the armored box. Superheated steam scalded a number of ratings who had survived the shell burst. The outboard profile and overhead view shown below represents the condition of Bismarck as she might have looked to HMS Dorsetshire after she had fired her last torpedo. The shell passed completely through Bismarck without exploding, but the holes it left were some 850mm in diameter and below the bow wave with the ship trimmed down by the bow. The fire-control equipment in British warships used direct current and was inferior to the fire-control equipment that was specified for the German ships. These ships featured a three-shaft propulsion plant which was subdivided into separate engine and fire room complexes by an arrangement of longitudinal and transverse bulkheads similar to that of the Baden and Bayern of World War I. One important point that we have discovered in examining the video of the port and starboard sides of the forward conning tower is that the penetrating damage from 356mm and 406mm shell hits was all on the port side. It is possible that radar ranges were used for gunnery during Prince of Wales' second engagement with Bismarck and that the two incidents were confused in the memories of the participants.
One of my favorite books is "Bismarck: The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship". Operation Rheinübung First and Last Voyage of the Bismarck 78 years ago today the pride of the Kriegsmarine slipped beneath the waves. However, these systems absorb space and weight, premium items in modern combatant ship design. The hull, according to survivors, acted like a springboard, and severe structural damage was sustained in the stern structure. The reasons behind Admiral Lütjens' decision to stopover in southern Norway have never been conclusively established. This deficiency in German warship construction practice of the Bismarck-era created areas of high stress which exaggerated damage effects. Earlier this week, on the 75th anniversary of Hood’s sinking, Britain’s Princess Anne unveiled the bell that had been recovered from the wreck of the British battle cruiser. Prince of Wales subsequently became the sole target of accurate and concentrated fire from the two German ships. Mr. Statz still remembers the very fine red dust on this deck. The effort to locate the wreck of Bismarck was complicated by inaccurate British position reports obtained during the stormy conditions that had persisted in the days preceding the final gunnery engagement, such poor conditions that unreliable and inconsistent dead reckoning estimates of position were all that was available.
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