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The Loss of the Bismarck

An Avoidable Disaster

By Rhys-Jones, Graham
1999, United States Naval Inst.
ISBN 1557505330
256 pages

Descripton: 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.

From the review: Intended as an analysis of German Naval strategy, Rhys-Jones' account is thus openly biased away from a personal, general or operational viewpoint. Nonetheless he achieves a fair balance between them, if not up to the standard of ...
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