The Loss Of The Bismarck: An Avoidable Disaster

The Loss Of The Bismarck: An Avoidable Disaster

by Graham Rhys - Jones (Author)


The battleship Bismarck , flagship of the German Fleet Commander and one of the most powerful warships in the world, was sunk by the British on her maiden voyage, 27 May 1941. It was an irretrievable disaster for German naval strategy. This book seeks the answer to the question: who was to blame? By closely examining the role of high command in German strategic and operational decisions, and drawing on all known sources, the author shows how the disaster is the likely result of military strategy that refuses to move with the times.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 255
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Published: 26 Aug 1999

ISBN 10: 0304353140
ISBN 13: 9780304353149

Author Bio
Graham Rhys-Jones was a Royal Navy aviation and anti-submarine specialist, serving in the Fleet Air Arm and in surface ships. He commanded a frigate when it was still fashionable to chase Russians. He held two appointments in Whitehall, and spent two years at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, teaching strategy and operations to senior US and international personnel. He is now a defence consultant, and writes and lectures on maritime topics.