An additional issue was the British radar. The fatal error happened when the Bismarck finally shook her pursuers. The British pursuers were zigzagging while following the German dreadnought, trying to keep out of gun range. At the farthest point of this maneuver, they lost contact with their prey, but would regain it on the next inbound leg.
On one such maneuver, the Bismarck turned away from her pursuers, looped around the British and made for France. The British thought she had turned deeper into the Atlantic and followed.
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This meant the British were heading west while their target was heading east. During this period, the mood on the Bismarck was good. If this last air attack had failed, the Bismarck would have basically been home free, as the fuel situation on the British ships was critical and they would have to break off the chase. How could this have happened? That was in contrast to earlier accounts that I had read, which stated the Germans were tired and demoralized. He also goes into detail here and in an addendum on the efforts to free the jammed rudder.
It was this inability to steer that doomed the Bismarck in more than one regard. Not only could she not escape the British, but her inability to maneuver meant that she could not effectively use her fire control apparatus nor evade the British attacks. In fact, one the battle was joined, Bismarck quickly found the range on Rodney, neatly placing a straddle around the British battleship before her own range finder was shot away.
The British concentrated on the foreword part of the ship, quickly making it a burning wreck. He targeted the King George V, and quickly had straddled her. He was about to fire again when his rangefinder was shot away. At that point the turrets went into local control — which was mostly ineffective. By this time the Bismarck was a basically destroyed as a fighting unit, but Admiral Tovey was determined to sink her, so the British kept firing.
The author interweaves his own escape with the stories of over survivors and their own exodus from the ship. She was finished as an effective fighting unit by the time the British battleships had to retire from the scene. Hard Cover. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. More information about this seller Contact this seller 5.
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