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Posted by Lars Scharff on October 10, 2018, 4:07:24, in reply to "Re: Prize
That was not a punishment, but a logic strategy. They want to disable Bismarck as fast as possible, because the British battleships were short on fuel. Therefore they attack from a short distance, which was unlikely to sink her, because the trajectory of the shells was too flat. But the reached their aim to disable her - and then she was vulnerable to anything with a torpedo. A torpedo attack a day light on Bismarck with intact armament would be difficult. The British tried an torpedo attack with destroyers the night before, but were beaten back.
I do not think that it is impressive how much hits the Bismarck got - her armament and directors were destroyed very fast. Even the strongest armour was pierced.
Also remember that a single hit by Prince of Wales forced Bismarck to abandon her task because of lack fuel (because of the punctured fuel tank). I do no think her chances would have been better without the torpedo hit.
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