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Re: More on the Bismarck
About 20 years after the making of the Sink the Bismarck film, I came across some of the models used in the film in private premises close by the Cannon's Marsh part of Bristol Docks (UK). One of the larger ships was on a road trailer and the others were standing on wooden frames beside a relatively modern warehouse building. There was no-one around to say anything about the models but I did find someone who worked a few hundred yards away who confirmed that they were models used in the film. They were not there two years later when I passed the building again and no-one knew where they had gone to. This area of Bristol has now been re-developed.
After ranting about the book "Battleship Bismarck" in an earlier post, I found myself rereading "Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck" by Ludovic Kennedy last weekend. That is a wonderful book - a real page-turner - with all the essential facts in compact form.
Then I also had to rewatch the movie "Sink the Bismarck" from 1960. A good film in some respects, but with a number of errors, I guess to make it more exciting, like Bismarck shooting down one of the Swordfish, and blowing up one of Vian's destroyers. The models used in making the movie looked pretty accurate, but they are shooting on the wrong side in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, i.e., Bismarck is firing to starboard instead of to port, etc.
One other item the reading and watching reminded me is about the actor Esmond Knight, who plays Capt. John Leach of the Prince of Wales. He was actually on PoW during the battle, serving in a fire control position just above the bridge, and was partially blinded by the shell that went through the bridge and killed or wounded several crew. He was active in movies, TV, and the stage from 1928 to 1987, including roles in all of Laurence Olivier's Shakespeare movies.