THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BISMARCK: The Companion Book to James Cameron's Underwater Expedition as seen on Discovery Channel By David J. Bercuson & Holger H. Herwig 386 Ppgs, Illustrated, 6"x 9", Paperback. ISBN: 1-58567-397-8 - $16.95. Overlook Press/Penguin Putnam, Inc.
A good story deserves to be told and retold. And when that story is buttressed by well produced photo documentary evidence of the sort compiled by filmmaker James Cameron's recent mini-sub expedition to the wreck of the Bismarck, the saga assumes even more dramatic proportion. The Destruction Of The Bismarck is the written companion of this epic documentary, a book so comprehensive and well researched that it serves as a mini-history of the German surface navy in WWII.
Late in the morning of 27 May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck - the pride of the German navy was sunk by an overwhelming British armada in a fierce battle that lasted only 90 minutes. Admiral Gunther Lutens, Capt. Ernst Lindermann and 2206 men of their crew were lost; only 115 survived. Thus was the fate of the Bismarck.
Five days before the sinking of the Bismarck, the purpose of its presence became obvious and chilling: The German navy was attempting to seize control of the North Atlantic sealanes. …