Hunt the Bismarck (Hardcover)

The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

By Angus Konstam

Osprey Publishing, 9781472833860, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/22/2020)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (12/17/2019)

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A brand-new narrative account of one of World War II's most exciting chase stories, the pursuit of the legendary German battleship, Bismarck.

Hunt the Bismarck tells the story of Operation Rheinübung, the Atlantic sortie of the Nazi Germany's largest battleship in May 1941.

Bismarck entered service in the summer of 1940. She was well-armed, with eight 15-inch guns as well as a powerful array of lighter weapons, while her armored protection earned her the reputation of being unsinkable. This claim was finally put to the test in May 1941, when she sortied into the Atlantic and fought the legendary battle of the Denmark Strait, destroying HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy. Bismarck was now loose in the North Atlantic. However, damage sustained in the battle limited her ability to roam at will, while the Royal Navy deployed the Home Fleet to revenge the Hood. The stage was set for the greatest chase story in the history of naval warfare.

Drawing on a wealth of first-hand accounts, and intertwining extensive research into a fast-paced narrative, this is the most readable and accurate account of Bismarck's epic voyage ever produced.

About the Author

Angus Konstam is a well-established historian, and the author of over 80 books, 60 of which are published by Osprey. These include the Osprey campaign title Bismarck 1941, and several New Vanguard titles covering British warships of World War 2. His other naval books include Jutland: Twelve Hours to Win the War, The Battle of North Cape, Sovereigns of the Sea, Battleship Bismarck and History of Piracy. A former naval officer, maritime archaeologist and museum curator, he is now a full-time author, specialising in maritime and military history. He lives in Edinburgh, UK.

Praise For Hunt the Bismarck: The pursuit of Germany's most famous battleship

“A riveting account of Bismarck's famous encounter with HMS Hood and its ultimate destruction.” —History of War magazine

"Angus Konstam vividly unpacks an epic episode from the history of naval warfare in Hunt the Bismarck … Konstam mixes exhaustive research with participants first-hand accounts in a lively, well-written narrative." - Toy Soldier & Model Figure