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Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Battleship Bismarck (CLASSICS OF NAVAL LITERATURE) e-book

Author:

Ludovic Kennedy

Language:

English

Category:

History

Subcategory:

Military

ePub size:

1947 kb

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Rating:

4.2

Publisher:

Naval Inst Pr (September 1, 2000)

Pages:

252

ISBN:

1557504725

Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Battleship Bismarck (CLASSICS OF NAVAL LITERATURE) e-book

by Ludovic Kennedy


Pursuit The Sinking of the Bismarck

Pursuit The Sinking of the Bismarck. Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck. Pursuit" single-handedly made me fall in love with naval warfare for WWI and WWII fought in all oceans of the world. In "Pursuit", Kennedy weaves three strands into the objective of the operation: primarily, the pursuit and sinking of the Bismarck. The very important second strand is the sailors' testimonials from both sides and their perception of events during both the crucial and the boring moments of that fateful trip.

Pursuit: The Chase And Sinking Of The Battleship Bismarck. Audiobook: I remember seeing the classic movie Sink the Bismarck when I was a teenager and it was one of those formative things that changed my mind about joining the Navy. It was based on the eponymic book by . Forester written in the fifties (the movie came out in 1960, I believe.

The last battle of the German battleship Bismarck took place in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 300 nmi (350 mi; 560 km) west of Brest, France, on 26–27 May 1941. On 24 May, before the final action, Bismarck's fuel tanks were damaged and several machinery compartments, including a boiler room, were flooded in the Battle of the Denmark Strait.

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The ONLY book I've ever read about the sinking of the Bismarck. It's about a dark time in the early years of World War II. It's about the German superbattleship Bismarck.

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With a new introduction by the author. First published in 1974, this work remains in the forefront of the many books, movies, and television programs about the epic World War II drama played out in the stormy Atlantic. It is a thrilling firsthand account of the hunting down and sinking of the battleship Bismarck, pride of the German Fleet, told by a member of the Royal Navy's destroyer force who participated in the pursuit. The author's own experiences add fire and immediacy to the account that has come to be considered a classic by critic and general reader alike. The world's largest warship when she first sailed into the Atlantic in May 1941, the Bismarck was a serious threat to Britain's survival and her sinking of the beloved battle cruiser HMS Hood with nearly fifteen hundred aboard sent shock waves throughout Britain.

Determined to track her down, the Royal Navy engaged in pursuit, finding the mammoth warship just hours from her safe harbor. The chess-like plotting, the horror and heroism on both sides, the final apocalyptic action have never been portrayed more vividly and objectively--and never with the benefit of such detailed documentation from both British and German sources. A measure of the book's epic qualities is that knowledge of the outcome in no way lessens the tension. When she was sunk just days after her own victorious action with the Hood, the Bismarck took more than two thousand German sailors to the bottom of the ocean and with them the dreams of the German naval high command. For sheer suspense, this book can hardly be equaled. For carefully researched history, it is an admirable example of fine writing. Ludovic Kennedy's introduction to this new edition places the event in perspective for today's audiences.

Tam
Overall, I was very pleased with Ludovic Kennedy's account of the chase and sinking of the Bismarck. I have since seen him interviewed in documentaries about the Bismarck so he is still a reliable source. From a documentation point of view, the main strike against this account is that it was written before the official revealing of the Ultra decryption secret in 1974. So there is no mention of any decripts or how much information was known about the Bismarck's breakout attempt from that area. There are some tantalyzing clues in the narrative though, including Kennedy's referral to the fact that the Bismarck left its home port down to "a high ranking diplomat" who had "a son" on the ship and his signal to know his son's location was somehow intercepted by "an agent." While there were some agents at work inside Nazi Germany at the time, this sounds all the world like an Ultra coverstory of the type that were generally developed to hide the ultimate origin of information coming from Bletchley Park.

Kennedy writes in a very lively clipped newspaper man style which lumps clause after clause together in very brisque statements which each trying to be some sort of great statement. As Kennedy spent most of his professional life as a BBC reporter and presenter, this is to be expected. However, I found this style of writing a bit tiring after a couple of hundred pages... but that is mearly my own predilection.

Finally, this account was written firmly from the British point of view. There are few quotes or statements from Germans, very little about the actual state on board the Bismarck except in passing. The book was written before it was fashionable to seek out the "other side of the story" like they do now with German veterens interviewed as well. This is mostly a product of the times as it was written over thirty years ago and many British WWII veterens were not ready to hear the Germans talking about their side of the story.

Overall, though, this was a fascinating book. Kennedy himself was close to the action at the time, serving on the HMS Tartar. While it has flaws mostly from age and perspective, this is a must read for any professional or armchair student of the Bismarck or WWII German Kriegsmarine.
Whitebinder
This is one of those "personal account" tomes that has a nasty tendency to "pull you right in", and with any good book, that is a PLUS!

Kennedy's account of the Royal Navy's pursuit and subsequent sinking of the German battleship Bismarck is the stuff of legends. From cover to cover, the manner in which the story is recounted keeps the reader engrossed. The photos from the events are marvelous, and had they not even been included, this would still be a great book. I just think of the pictures as "icing" on an otherwise tasty "cake".

As with every personal account, there will be errors, and although none of them are that profound, they are there , notwithstanding. I had hoped that further printings would alleviate that, but perhaps not.

That is the only smudge on this otherwise outstanding chapter of history.

What would be nice to see is a newer cinema version, without the "fluff", and with all the facts intact based entirely on this book.

I would recommend this to people of any age, who not only are history buffs, but just enjoy hearing a good old yarn spun from an old "salt".
Anayanis
Written in 1974 ~ in a world before Muellenheim-Rechberg, Ballard, and Mearns became published, familiar names ~ this is a wide-ranging and richly-textured account deserving of the too-loosely bandied term "classic". Sir Ludovic was a serving Lieutenant aboard HMS TARTAR, one of the Tribal-class destroyers present at the climax of this most epic of sea stories. Far from being merely an "I was there..." account, PURSUIT is the result of extensive research into official British, German and other records, coupled with the fruits of an amazing array of interviews and correspondence with many of the key players, at sea and ashore. Esmond Knight, from the PRINCE OF WALES (who also made a cameo appearance in "Sink the Bismarck") was among the sources, as was (surprising to me) Norwegian fisherman Viggo Axelssen, whose sunset sighting of the two German ships outbound past Kristiansand confirmed the first sighting report relayed by Britain's Naval Attache in Stockholm.
Sir Ludovic weaves a wealth of facts and operational insights through his narrative strands, his hallmark prose style at once seductively gripping and colourful: scenes, moods, weather, waves and witness accounts bring this tragic tale to life in a unique way. For example, from the start of Chapter Four (you'll know what's coming!): "And so the two admirals, Luetjens and Holland, riding on their great chargers, came at each other like knights of old, with guns for lances and armoured bridges for visors and pennants streaming in the wind."
The track charts and maps are masterpieces, and set a standard for the genre all too rarely emulated today. One photograph in particular ~ of BISMARCK departing from Grimstad Fjord ~ is a gem I've not seen in any other publication, and the double-page view from the REPULSE of the KGV and VICTORIOUS "standing on towards the enemy in a flurry of spray" captures the lonely desperation of the evening following the Denmark Strait battle.
By any measure, this book is a "must have".

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