Kreigsmarine Battleship Bismarck
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A2 full colour poster of the Battleship Bismarck. Produced on high quality 250gsm silk art quality paper this shows the Battleship in her North Atlantic camouflage scheme.
The Bismarck was the pride of the fleet and her crew extolled the finest National Socialist virtues of fighting to the end. Only after her guns were put out of commission through enemy action or under water did her guns fall silent.
After being hit by more than 400 heavy calibre naval shells and around a dozen torpedoes the remaining officers decided that rather than have her fall into the hands of the enemy the crew would open the water tight doors and exploded scuttling charges to ensure she was not boarded. She went under the waves with her colours still flying
Admiral Lutjens sent a final wireless message from Bismarck to Berlin “Ship un-maneuverable, will fight to the last shell, long live the Fuhrer !”
Of a complement of 2200 men there were only 115 survivors.
After the battle Royal Navy Admiral Sir john Tovey, Commander of the Home Fleet said “The Bismarck had put up a most gallant fight against impossible odds, worthy of the old days of the Imperial German Navy, and she went down with her colours still flying.”