The Bismarck was a German battleship and one of the most famous warships of the Second World War. It was named after the German chancellor Otto Von Bismarck and was the largest warship then commissioned.
Bismarck took part in only one operation during its career; as it was sunk in the attempt to execute operation Rheinübung, which attempted to sever links of transportation between the Atlantic and the United Kingdom. When Bismarck and its accompanying ship on the operation Prinz Eugen attempted to enter the Atlantic, the two ships were discovered by Britain’s Royal Navy and brought to battle in the Denmark Strait, this resulted in the British ship Hood being destroyed along with the killing of its entire crew save for three men, and in response to this the order was given by Churchill to “Sink the Bismarck!” causing its pursuit by Royal Navy forces.
Two days later the Bismarck was apparently out of reach of British forces as it had fled to the Atlantic, however Bismarck was spotted at a range of about eight miles of British forces on may 26th. Aircraft were then flown to evade accurate German antiaircraft fire, while the location of Bismarck was radioed to other naval forces.
Attack of the Bismarck by torpedoes caused its rudder to become jammed, and destroyed its steering gear, in which time, British units could approach. One Polish and four British destroyers closed in on the Bismarck and made multiple torpedo attacks. Following the introduction of yet more Navel forces to the battle, the Bismarck was sunk, reduced to rubble and leaving only 110 of its original crew to survive its sinking.