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Re: Not impressive
Posted by Larry TM2(SS) on October 11, 2018, 3:59:26, in reply to "Not impressive
With the rudder damaged and speed reduced, the Bismark was a sitting duck. Why didn't the British torpedo the Bismark after her main guns were knocked out? A torpedo attack would have been very easy. Punishment for the loss of the Hood. I think every book written about the battle says that!
If the Bismark was undamaged the British might well have gotten another bloody nose sinking her.......just saying
Lars, your pictures are great as always. Your argument.....not so much.
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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