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Selected Sources on the German Battleship Bismarck

General Histories

Asmussen, John. Bismarck. Stroud, United Kingdom: Fonthill Media, 2015.

Bekker, Cajus. The German Navy, 1939-1945. New York: Dial Press, 1974.

Berthold, Will. Die Schicksalsfahrt der "Bismarck“. Sieg und Untergang. Tatsachenbericht. Klagenfurt: Kaiser, 2002.

Busch, Fritz-Otto. Das Geheimnis der "Bismarck". Ein Tatsachenbericht. Hannover: A. Sponholtz, 1950.

Elfrath, Ulrich, and Bodo Herzog. The Battleship Bismarck: A Documentary in Words and Pictures. West Chester, PA: Schiffer Pub, 1989.

Grenfell, Russell. The Bismarck Episode. London: Faber and Faber, 1964.

Jackson, Robert. The Bismarck: The Battle for Naval Supremacy in World War II. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2002.

Forester, C. S. The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck. Boston: Little, Brown, 1959.

Zetterling, Niklas, and Michael Tamelander. Bismarck: The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship. Havertown, PA: Casemate, 2009.

Ship’s Construction and Armament

Breyer, Siegfried, Siegfried Breyer, and Gerhard Koop. Schlachtschiff Bismarck. Eine technikgeschichtliche Dokumentation. Augsburg, Germany: Bechtermünz, 1996.

Brower, Jack. The Battleship Bismarck. Anatomy of the ship. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005.

Hitler, Adolf. “Speech at Launching Ceremonies of Battleship ‘Bismarck’ in the Harbor of Hamburg, Germany”. 1939.

Konstam, Angus. Battleship Bismarck Manual 1936-41: An Insight Into the Design, Construction and Operation of Nazi Germany's Most Famous and Feared Battleship. Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset: Haynes Publishing, 2015.

Koop, Gerhard, Klaus-Peter Schmolke, and Geoffrey Brooks. Battleships of the Bismarck Class: Bismarck and Tirpitz, Culmination and Finale of German Battleship Construction. London: Greenhill Books, 1998.

Schmalenbach, Paul. KM Bismarck/Battleship. Windsor, Berkshire, England: Profile Publications, 1972.

Vilm, Karsten. Schlachtschiff Bismarck, Schlachtschiff Tirpitz. Bauvorschrift für den Schiffskörper. Dokumente zur deutschen Marinegeschichte, Bd. 1. Norderstedt, Germany: Books on Demand GmbH, 2006.

Battle of the Denmark Strait

Kemp, Paul. Bismarck and Hood: Great Naval Adversaries. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1991.

Mearns, David, and Rob White. Hood and Bismarck. London: Channel 4, 2001.

Prinz Eugen (Cruiser). War Diary of the Cruiser "Prinz Eugen"; Action in Company with the "Bismark" against H.M.S. "Hood". U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Intelligence, 1947.

Winklareth, Robert J. The Bismarck Chase: New Light on a Famous Engagement. Annapolis, Md: Naval Institute Press, 1998.

Pursuit and Sinking of Bismarck

Ballantyne, Iain. Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword Maritime, 2010.

Battlefront: Sinking of the Bismarck. Richmond: Public Record Office, 2001.

Bercuson, David Jay, and Holger H. Herwig. The Destruction of the Bismarck. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 2001.

Great Britain. The Chase and Sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck May 23-27, 1941. Battle summary, no. 5. [London]: Tactical, Torpedo and Staff Duties Division, Historical Section, Naval Staff, Admiralty, 1942.

Kennedy, Ludovic Henry Coverley. Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck. Annapolis, MD: Naval Inst. Press, 2000.

Konstam, Angus. The Bismarck 1941: Hunting Germany's Greatest Battleship. Botley, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2011.

Naval History and Heritage Command (U.S.). Bismarck British/American Cooperation and the Destruction of the German Battleship.; Washington, DC: Naval History and Heritage Command, 1990s.

Rhys-Jones, Graham. The Loss of the Bismarck: An Avoidable Disaster. London: Cassell, 1999.

Shirer, William L., and William L. Shirer. The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt. Sterling point books. New York, NY: Sterling Pub, 2006.

Skwiot, Mirosław Zbigniew, and Elżbieta Teresa Prusinowska. Hunting the Bismarck. Ramsbury: Crowood Press, 2006.

Tovey, Admiral John Cronyn. Sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck on 27th May, 1941. 1947.

Memoirs and Personal Accounts

Kennedy, Ludovic Henry Coverley. Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck. Annapolis, MD: Naval Inst. Press, 2000.

Lock, Ray. Bismark, Dorsetshire and Memories. Mount Edgecombe, South Africa: Ian Morrison Pub, 2004.

Müllenheim-Rechberg, Burkard. Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1980.

Underwater Archaeology

Ballard, Robert D., and Rick Archbold. The Discovery of the Bismarck. New York: Warner Books, 1990.

Video Sources

Brabourne, John, et al. Sink the Bismarck! Fox war classics. [United States]: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

Johnstone, Gary, Robert Lindsay, and David Mearns. The Battle of Hood and Bismarck. New York: PBS Home Video, 2002.

Mearns, David, and Rob White. Hood and Bismarck. London: Channel 4, 2001.

Prentice, Patrick, Robert D. Ballard, and Richard Kiley. Search for the Battleship Bismarck. Ghosts of the deep, [v. 3]. [Washington, D.C.]: National Geographic Video, 2002.

Schoenherr, Steven, and Ed Herlihy. Newsreels 1941 Pt.1. Newsreels. San Diego, CA: Dept. of History, University of California, San Diego, 2004.


Bismarck. Baltimore, MD: Avalon Hill Game Co, 1979.

Bismarck. 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Avalon Hill Game Co, 1980.

Second World War at Sea: Bismarck. Irondale, Alabama: Avalanche Press Ltd., 2005.

Sink the Bismarck! 3W (World Wide Wargames), 1992.

Literature for Children

Ballard, Robert D., and Rick Archbold. Exploring the Bismarck. A Time quest book. New York: Scholastic Inc, 1991.

Crompton, Samuel Willard. Sinking of the Bismarck. Great battles through the ages. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2004.

Dowswell, Paul. True Stories of the Second World War. Tulsa, OK: EDC Pub, 2003.

McGowen, Tom. Sink the Bismarck: Germany's Super-Battleship of World War II. Military might. Brookfield, Conn: Twenty-First Century Books, 1999.

Taylor, Theodore, and Andrew Glass. H.M.S. Hood vs. Bismarck: The Battleship Battle. New York: Avon Books, 1982.

Published: Mon Jan 28 11:59:33 EST 2019