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The BBC's George Eykyn
"The British Navy threw everything it had at her"
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Tuesday, 22 May, 2001, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
In pictures: Sinking the Bismarck
Sixty years ago, the sinking of the German battleship, the Bismarck, marked a turning point in World War Two.

It was one of the most dramatic sea battles of the war. In May 1941, British forces crippled the Bismarck - the pride of the German navy - and eventually sank her after an eight-day chase in the Atlantic.


Bismarck, photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
The Bismarck, launched in 1939, was the most formidable warship of her time

Bismarck in dock, photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
She was 17 storeys from top to bottom, and the length of three football fields

At sea
Winston Churchill described the Bismarck as "a terrific ship and a masterpiece of naval construction"

Bismarck at sea, photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
But the Bismarck posed a major threat to the UK's vital Atlantic lifeline

Bismarck takes a direct hit
Once spotted, the Bismarck took a direct hit before limping away, making for German-occupied France

Helping injured ashore, photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum
Only 115 of the Bismarck's 2,200 crew survived

Stills courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

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