Unless you like comparing apples and oranges, don't even go there! The Bismarck had already taken on several thousand tons of water BEFORE the scuttling charges were blown. Moreover, the only thing keeping the ship afloat was the lower raft, the very place the charges compromised. The upper raft was riddled. The scuttling of the HSF involved undamaged and intact ships, vessels wherein progressive flooding had to take the ships down far more slowly. This feeble comparison canard between the Bismarck and HSF ships has been running around for some time, and I find it silly and pointless.
After WW1 it took months of secret ,preparations to get the interned German High Seas Fleet ready to be scuttled , and even with all that preparation to sink them as fast as possible it still took hours for some of them to go down.
In 1941 we have a far more robust battleship in Bismarck fully at action stations with compartments sealed up to "stop" her sinking.
The bombardment Bismarck received was bewildering to imagine, the command crew were killed fairly early on in the battle and she was effectively silenced not long after, she was already visibly down at the stern at this point.
So with the command crew dead, the ship a shambles, we are to believe an organised attempt was made to scuttle a 50,000 ton battleship at action stations and she went down in under 30 minutes from that point ? It is not as easy as "opening seacocks", there are safety protocols to get around and many watertight doors to open up again on a ship that was STILL under bombardment with little command structure left.
Bismarck was going down due to damage sustained from the Royal Navy , I see no other reason than that ..
I followed a link to the Bismarck book coming out in December.
In the description it says
"Battleship Bismarck has finally resolved some of the major questions such as, 'Who sank the Bismarck, the British or the Germans?'"
Why is there any doubt that the British sank the Bismarck?
To say the Germans sank the Bismarck is like saying the Americans sank the Lexington.
- Anyway - Hugh Thomas October 8, 2018, 0:00:50
- Re: Anyway - Wade October 8, 2018, 10:02:28
- Yeah... - George Elder October 8, 2018, 5:05:18
- Gee... - John Fiebke October 8, 2018, 12:44:06
- Well... - George October 8, 2018, 12:49:23
- Nicely put Hugh. n/t - jeff October 8, 2018, 4:32:48