|THE SINKING OF
On May 27 1941 the mighty German battleship
Bismarck is finally overwhelmed by the weight of Royal
Navy firepower directed against her. Lying dead in the water,
riddled with shell holes and on fire, her crew abandon ship while
the order was given to scuttle the pride of the Kreigsmarine.
HMS Dorsetshire steams along her starboard side and fires
two torpedoes to finish her off. Sinking by the stern, the Bismarck
first turned on her side and then rolled over completely, disappearing
below the waves at 10.40 am. The Dorsetshire stood by and
began picking up survivors, but this operation was curtailed due
to the fear of a U-Boat presence. Controversely, the British cruiser
left hundreds of German sailors to perish in the icy Atlantic.