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International Journal of New Developments in Engineering and Society, 2020, 4(3); doi: 10.25236/IJNDES.040316.

Sink of the Bismarck


Yuze Song

Corresponding Author:
Yuze Song

Northeastern University,   Boston, Massachusetts,  MA 02115


On the morning of May 27, 1941, after receiving a continuous hammering that no other warship could have taken, the Bismarck finally sank to the bottom of Atlantic. For the German Navy the sinking of the battleship Bismarck was probably the heaviest single blow of the war. It not only marked a turning point in the war on Allied merchant shipping but also reflected the serious lack of understanding of sea power in Nazi Germany. This article explores Bismarck's design concept by analyzing the background of the times. Although the treaty limited her firepower and tonnage, she was still the most formidable warship in the Atlantic during World War II. By restoring Bismarck's short but brilliant life, this paper try to explore complicated factors that contributed to her sinking.


the Bismarck, Operation Rhine Exercise, Battle of the Denmark Strait

Cite This Paper

Lisa (Yuetong) Li. Sink of the Bismarck. International Journal of New Developments in Engineering and Society (2020) Vol.4, Issue 3: 179-187. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDES.040316.


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