Battleship Bismarck

A Design and Operational History
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Binding:Hardcover
Published:May 27, 2019

Battleship Bismarck is a marine forensics analysis and engineering study of the design, operation, and loss of Germany’s greatest battleship, drawing on survivors’ accounts and the  authors’ combined decades of experience in naval architecture and command at sea. The investigation has covered fifty-six years of painstaking research, during which the authors conducted extensive interviews and correspondence with the ship’s designers and survivors of the Battle of Denmark Strait and Bismarck’s final battle. Albert Schnarke, former gunnery officer of DKM Tirpitz, sister ship of Bismarck, aided greatly by translating and circulating early manuscript materials to those who participated in the design and operation. Survivors of Bismarck’s engagements actively contributed to this comprehensive study, including Vice Admiral (then Lieutenant) D.B.H Wildish (RN), damage control officer aboard HMS Prince of Wales, who located photographs of battle damage to his ship.

After the wreck of the Bismarck was discovered in June 1989, the authors served as technical consultants to Dr. Robert Ballard, who led three trips to the site. Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron contributed a chapter of his comprehensive overview of his deep-sea explorations of Bismarck, illustrated with his team’s remarkable photographs of the shipwreck.

The result of these nearly six decades of research and collaboration is an engrossing and encyclopedic account of the events surrounding one of the most epic naval battles of World War II. Battleship Bismarck has finally resolved some of the major questions such as, “Who sank the Bismarck, the British or the Germans?”

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Product Details
  • Subject: Ship Design & Reference
  • Hardcover : 624 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (May 27, 2019)
  • ISBN-10: 1591145694
  • ISBN-13: 9781591145691
  • Product Dimensions: 9 X 11.88 in
  • Shipping Weight: 23.52 oz
Praise
  • “The authors use their naval architecture experience to create a unique, comprehensive account of history’s most famous battleship. The story of her design, construction, history and death are described in engaging detail. Finally they provide the answer to the question, was she scuttled or did the British sink her?” —John Vasilakos, Senior Naval Architect, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Marine Forensics Committee
  • “This comprehensive account of the birth, short life and death of the German battleship Bismarck is truly outstanding. The authors’ indefatigable researches and forensic analysis, extending over decades, have resulted in an impressive account of unsurpassed detail and supporting illustrations.” —Ian Buxton, Naval architect, Newcastle University, co-author of The Battleship Builders
  • “This is an epic book to match one of the epic episodes of sea combat. It is a blockbuster to match the high drama and horror of battleship Bismarck’s short, but eventful life and brutal demise at the hands of a sorely aggrieved Royal Navy. A formidable A-team of authors have produced a forensically technical and visceral triumph.” —Iain Ballantyne, author of Killing the Bismarck and Bismarck: 24 Hours to Doom; Editor of WARSHIPS International Fleet Review magazine

WILLIAM H. GARZKE JR. is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering and earned his master's degree in applied mathematics from Adelphi University. 

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ROBERT O. DULIN JR. is a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy who earned his MS in naval architecture and marine engineering from MIT.  Mr. Garzke and Mr. Dulin co-authored the classic Battleships trilogy (Naval Institute Press, 1976–95), dedicated to the battleships of World War II. 

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WILLIAM J. JURENS spent his working career teaching engineering graphics at the university level, and currently serves as an associate editor for Warship International. He is an active member of the renowned Marine Forensics Committee of the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers, along with its co-founder, Mr. Dulin and co-founder and current co-chair, Mr. Garzke.

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JAMES CAMERON is a Canadian filmmaker and a deep-sea explorer.

 

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