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German Navy WWII: The Bismarck Test
Can you name the salient points relating to Germany's biggest naval disaster of WW2?
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Famous From the 17th Century
What year was Bismarck's keel laid down?
At the Blohm & Voss shipyard, Hamburg
What year was she launched?
She was the largest warship ever made (to date)
What year was she commissioned?
With Kapitän zur See Ernst Lindemann in command
What year did she sink?
On her maiden voyage
What was her full complement of officers & crew at time of production? (to nearest hundred)
Was 2,200 at time of maiden voyage/sinking
What was her displacement (fully loaded, in tonnes, to the nearest thousand)
Not fully loaded = 41,700 tonnes
Well suited to role as 'commerce raider'
Name the famous British ship sunk by Bismarck?
During the Battle of Denmark Strait
Who allegedly gave the order: 'Sink The Bismarck'?
Whether or not he actually said this (verbatim) is disputed
Name the Fleet Commander (highest rank) onboard Bismarck?
Brilliant tactician & Nazi-critic (refused to give Nazi salute when hitler visited before Bismarck's maiden/final voyage)
Which German capital ship accompanied Bismarck on her 'break out' into the Atlantic
Of the Admiral Hipper class of heavy cruisers
Which type of aircraft made the crucial sighting of Bismark on 26th May
The brilliant US flying boat
Which type of aircraft is generally creditied with delivering the blow that ended hope of Bismarck getting to port?
Boarderline-obselete biplane torpedo bomber
Which part of the ship did this fatal blow hit?
Sending her in circles
Which aircraft carrier was this late attack launched from?
Sunk later that year by U-81
After that which two battleships drew in for the kill?
Sunk by Japanese aerial bombardment in 1941
Survived the war
Which cruiser picked up most of the surivors
Had to leave many in the sea as a result of a marauding U-boat
How many live were lost (to the nearest hundred)?
2nd highest naval loss of life in WW2
Who discovered the wreck?
The great oceanographer
In what year was it discovered?
4yrs after he discovered the Titanic
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