Battleship Bismarck; A Survivor's Story

Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990. New and Expanded Edition [stated] First printing [stated]. Hardcover. xxi, [3], 467, [5] pages. Endpaper maps. Footnotes. Illustrations. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. No DJ present. Includes a Foreword, Preface to the First Edition. Table of Equivalent Ranks, Table of Equivalent Deck Designations. An atrocious but readable copy. This copy has weakness in front and back boards, has significant damp staining and soiling (but all pages are separate and intact) and has black marks on fep. German eyewitness account of the legendary World War II battleship up to her destruction, and his life thereafter in prisoner of war camps. Richard Alexander Conrad Bernhard Burkard von Müllenheim-Rechberg (Spandau, 25 June 1910 — Herrsching am Ammersee, 1 June 2003) was a German diplomat and author. In May 1941, he experienced the sinking of the battleship Bismarck as fourth artillery officer with the rank of lieutenant commander, thereby becoming the highest-ranking survivor of the ship. He was rescued by the British cruiser Dorsetshire and, after initial detention in England, was transported to Bowmanville prisoner of war camp in Ontario, Canada. In 1952, he entered the diplomatic service of the Federal Foreign Office. He was a member of the West German NATO delegation in Paris in 1955 and participated at the NATO conference in Bonn in 1956. In 1965, he became the West German ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He continued his diplomatic career as a consul general in Toronto in 1968. He ended his diplomatic career as his country's ambassador to Tanzania from 1971 to 1975. This is the story of the legendary German battleship that sunk the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, on May 24, 1941, and three days later was hunted down and sunk by the British during one of the most dramatic pursuits in naval history. Told by a German naval officer who witnessed both sinkings, the book chronicles the brief but sensational career of what was thought to be the grandest weapon of the Third Reich. Burkard Baron von Müllenheim-Rechberg, the Bismarck's top-ranking survivor, tells the battleship's story from commissioning to the moment when the captain gave a final salute and went down with his ship. The epic battle between the two great enemy ships captured the imagination of an entire generation and became a popular subject for movies and songs. With the discovery a few years ago of the Bismarck's sunken hull off the coast of France, worldwide attention has focused again on the famous ship. The work presents the human dimensions of the event without neglecting the technical side and includes information on rudder damage and repair, overall ship damage, and code breaking. The book also provides insights into the author's life as a prisoner of war in England and Canada and the friction that existed between the Nazis and non-Nazis Germans in the camps. Such a personal look at one of the most famous sea encounters in the history of World War II makes absorbing reading. Condition: Fair.

Keywords: Battleship Bismarck, Ernst Lindemann, Germany, HMS Hood, John Tovey, Kriegsmarine, Lutjens, POW's, Commerce Raiding, Naval Attache, Gotenhafen, Grimstafdjord, Scapa Flow, Prinz Eugen, St. Nazaire, Torpedo Planes, Battle of Bowmanville, Featherstone P

ISBN: 0870210963

[Book #87016]

Price: $35.00

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