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The Hunt For The Final Resting Place Of The German Battleship Bismarck Led By Robert Ballard Is Recorded In This Documentary Film By Director James Cameron And Narrated By Alexander Scourby, In Its Original World Premiere Broadcast Form Of Sunday, October 29, 1989 At 9 PM ET. Contains Exclusive Interviews With Surviving Crewmen Of The Bismarck And The British Ships That Pursued Her (Including One Of The Three Survivors Of The British Battleship HMS Hood Sunk By The Bismarck), Contains The Complete Premiere Broadcast, Including All The Commercials, Which Themselves Are Now Vintage Classics, And Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1989, 1 Hour 8 Minutes.) #Bismarck #BattleshipBismarck #GermanBattleshipBismarck #Battleships #Kriegsmarine #BattleOfTheAtlantic #HMSHood #ArkRoyal #HMSArkRoyal #AircraftCarriers #Carriers #NavalAviation #FairySwordfish #TorpedoBombers #RoyalNavy #SeniorService #RN #NavalHistoryOfWWII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #WW2NavalHistory #NavalHistory #MilitaryNavalHistory #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Bismarck was the first of two Bismarck-class battleships built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. Named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the ship was laid down at the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg on July 1, 1936 and launched February 14, 1939. Work was completed on August 24, 1940, when she was commissioned into the German fleet. Bismarck and her sister ship Tirpitz were the largest battleships ever built by Germany, and two of the largest built by any European power. On May 27, 1941, Bismarck was sunk in the North Atlantic killing almost 2,100 men. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait two days prior, the iconic battlecruiser HMS Hood initially engaged Prinz Eugen, probably by mistake, while HMS Prince of Wales engaged Bismarck. In the ensuing battle Hood was destroyed by the combined fire of Bismarck and Prinz Eugen, who then damaged Prince of Wales and forced her retreat. Bismarck suffered sufficient damage from three hits to force an end to the raiding mission. The destruction of Hood spurred a relentless pursuit by the Royal Navy involving dozens of warships. Two days later, heading for occupied France to effect repairs, Bismarck was attacked by 16 obsolescent Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal; one scored a hit that rendered the battleship's steering gear inoperable. In her final battle the following morning, the already-crippled Bismarck was severely damaged during a sustained engagement with two British battleships and two heavy cruisers, was scuttled by her crew, and sank with heavy loss of life. Most experts agree that the battle damage would have caused her to sink eventually. The wreck was located in June 1989 by Robert Ballard, and has since been further surveyed by several other expeditions.