Chronicles the breakout of the Bismarck during the early days of World War II. Seen from the point of view of the many Naval vessels on both sides and from the central headquarters of the British where the search for the super battleship was controlled.Written by
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Contrary to a previous trivia item implying that the British failed to carry out rescue operations. After the sinking of the Bismack, H.M.S. Devonshire and H.M.S. Maori rescued one hundred eleven German sailors from the sea, (one of whom later died of his injuries), before having to leave the area due to reports of a German U-Boat nearby, as they would have been stationary while getting the survivors aboard and therefore sitting ducks for any torpedo attack. In fact, some of the survivors praised one British Midshipman for trying help a German who had lost both of his arms in the action. See more »
The final torpedo which damages Bismarck's rudder is shown as coming from the port side; in fact the hit was on the starboard quarter. See more »
In this superb film,Kenneth More,plays the fictitious Capt Shepard,who is brought in to run the Navel war room in Whitehall, just before the Bismarck sets sail from Germany. We see the highs and the lows during the hunt, from the sinking of the Hood, which everybody thought was unsinkable, to the final battle. More gets good support from Dana Wynter, Geoffrey Keen, And Laurence Naismith. The shots of the actual battle, both real and the model work, are good. All in all a film well worth watching.
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