Hunt the Bismarck: The Pursuit of Germany’s Most Famous Battleship

Written by:
Angus Konstam
Narrated by:
Nigel Patterson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2019
9 hours 13 minutes
Hunt the Bismarck tells the story of Operation Rheinübung, the Atlantic sortie of the Nazi Germany's largest battleship in May 1941.

Bismarck entered service in the summer of 1940. She was well-armed, with eight 15-inch guns as well as a powerful array of lighter weapons, while her armored protection earned her the reputation of being unsinkable. This claim was finally put to the test in May 1941, when she sortied into the Atlantic and fought the legendary battle of the Denmark Strait, destroying HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy. Bismarck was now loose in the North Atlantic. However, damage sustained in the battle limited her ability to roam at will, while the Royal Navy deployed the Home Fleet to revenge the Hood. The stage was set for the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare.

Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts, and intertwining extensive research into a fast-paced narrative, this is the most accurate account of Bismarck's epic voyage ever produced.
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While much of this well-known story was revisited, there were some new elements to the narrative that I found very interesting including the marine archaeology aspects of the wrecks of Bismarck and Hood especially. Overall, lively narration, solid handling of converging chronologies and a good addition to the library for anyone who remains fascinated by the dramatic events of May 1941 in the North Atlantic.

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