General information
Place of origin Germany
Category Battleship
Debut in FHSW Debut in FH Mod
Class Bismarck class
Sister ships Tirpitz
Used by Germany
Speed 32 knots (59 km/h)
Crew in‑game 6
Aircrafts 2x Arado Ar 196 floatplane
Seat 1
Primary weapon 4x 38 cm SK C/34 naval gun
Seat 2
Primary weapon 4x 38 cm SK C/34 naval gun
Seat 3
Primary weapon 8x 10.5 cm SK/C 33
Seat 4
Primary weapon 8x 10.5 cm SK/C 33
Seat 5
Primary weapon 8x 3.7 cm SK/C 30
5x 2 cm Flak 38
1x 2 cm Flakvierling 38
Seat 6
Primary weapon 8x 3.7 cm SK/C 30
5x 2 cm Flak 38
1x 2 cm Flakvierling 38
Bismarck battleship

Bismarck, a 41,673-ton battleship, was built at Hamburg, Germany. First of a class of two heavy ships, with Tirpitz being the second, she was commissioned in August 1940 and spent the rest of that year running trials and continuing her outfitting. Sailing in tandem with the cruiser Prinz Eugen, Bismarck departed Norway on May 22, 1941, and headed towards the shipping lanes. Aware of Bismarck's departure, the British Royal Navy had begun moving ships to intercept. Steering north and west, Bismarck headed for the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland.

Entering the strait, Bismarck was detected by the cruisers HMS Norfolk and HMS Suffolk which called for reinforcements. Responding were the battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood. The two intercepted the Germans at the south end of the strait on the morning of May 24. Less than 10 minutes after the ships opened fire, Hood was struck in one of its magazines causing an explosion that blew the ship in half. Unable to take on both German ships alone, Prince of Wales broke off the fight. During the battle, Bismarck was hit in a fuel tank, causing a leak and forcing a reduction in speed.

Unable to continue with his mission, Adm. Günther Lütjens ordered Prinz Eugen to continue on while he turned the leaking Bismarck toward France. On the night of May 24, aircraft from the carrier HMS Victorious attacked with little effect. Two days later aircraft from HMS Ark Royal scored a hit, jamming Bismarck's rudder. Unable to manuever, the ship was forced to steam in a slow circle while awaiting the arrival of the British battleships HMS King George V and HMS Rodney. They were sighted the following morning and Bismarck's final battle commenced.

Assisted by the heavy cruisers HMS Dorsetshire and Norfolk, the two British battleships pummeled the stricken Bismarck, knocking its guns out of action and killing most of the senior officers on board. After 30 minutes, the cruisers attacked with torpedoes. Unable to resist further, Bismarck's crew scuttled the ship to prevent its capture. British ships raced in to pick up the survivors and rescued 110 before a U-boat alarm forced them to leave the area. Close to 2,000 German sailors were lost.

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler's reaction to Bismarck's loss produced a very cautious approach to future German surface ship operations against Britain's vital Atlantic sea lanes. In June 1989, just over forty-eight years after she sank, the German battleship's battered hulk was located and photographed where she lies upright on a mountainside, nearly 16,000 feet below the ocean surface.

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Battleship Bismarck


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