The Destruction of the Bismarck

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In The Destruction of the Bismarck, noted historians Holger Herwig and David Bercuson make use of recently opened archives and the most up-to-date research to tell the dramatic story of one of the most extraordinary turning points of the Second World War--the pursuit and sinking of the German battleship Bismarck. Finally, here is the full story, from the key strategic decisions of the national leaders, to the gripping hour-by-hour account of the battle. This is history of the best sort, vivid and authoritative--the definitive account of one of the most dramatic and momentous events of the Second World War.

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David J. Bercuson has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Oxford Dictionary of Canadian Military History.

Holger H. Herwig is the General Series Editor of Naval Policy and War and The Politics of War: International Studies in Military History. Bercuson and Herwig's book Deadly Seas: The Duel Between the St. Croix and the U305 in the Battle of the Atlantic was a bestseller in Canada and a Maclean's "Editor's Choice."

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Made famous by a postwar Hollywood movie and Johnny Horton's song, the destruction of the feared German WWII warship involved the Royal Navy as well as clandestine American air and sea support. Canadian authors Bercuson, who has penned more than 30 books, and Herwig, who edits a book series titled Naval Policy and War, have teamed up to present a new look at the short-lived cruise of the German battleship in May 1941. Many previous books provide painstaking blow-by-blow accounts of the action; the authors here examine recently opened diplomatic flies from England and America that provide some fresh new data concerning the supposedly neutral American involvement in the hunt for the Bismarck. American planes spotted the German ship after she sank the Hood, and, although some of the evidence is circumstantial, the authors make a compelling claim that American Coast Guard vessels also assisted the overworked Royal Navy. Included in this book are concise, analytical biographies of the major officers from both sides, brief histories of the major naval vessels involved and cutting analysis of the crucial command decisions that sealed the Bismarck's fate. Students of WWII naval warfare will find this compelling reading, as will those interested in FDR's policy toward the belligerents. 21 illustrations and 3 maps not seen by PW.

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