The Bismarck

| August 15, 2020

Here’s some real history and entertainment for you, regarding the German warship Bismarck, it’s first and last voyage.

There are no ads in the video but it is nearly two hours long, so save it for after dinner. And no, I have no idea why I like these big ol’ ships. I just do.

Pop some popcorn, chill your favorite beverage, and take a trip to the past.


Category: Historical

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  1. David M Dennis says:

    I loved the movie “Sink the Bismark” when I was a kid as well as the song by Johnny Horton. It was absolutely amazing when they found her wreck.

    • KoB says:

      Remember it well myself DMD, damn we done got old. Who’d a thunk we would make it this far. Finally made it thru Ex’s post, very interesting with some historical tidbits I didn’t know/had forgotten.

      In Memory of our departed youth, I’ll leave this bit from JH!

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    SABATON-Bismarck worth the watch , volume full.

    • The Other Whitey says:

      Love those guys!

      One subtle detail they throw in that a lot of people might miss:

      “King of the ocean
      He was made to rule the waves”

      When the ship was commissioned, Captain Ernst Lindemann told his crew that Bismarck was the mightiest warship in German history, and thus he ordered a break with naval tradition. Bismarck was henceforth, by her captain’s order, to be referred to exclusively with masculine pronouns.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    “And no, I have no idea why I like these big ol’ ships. I just do.” Well, M’Lady I have some theories on that subject.

    FIRST of all, deep down inside, you have always wanted to be a Gun Bunny. You know it, I know it, everyone on this site knows it! And there is nothing at all wrong with that. The roaring of a rolling barrage, the bringing of all weapons to bear, the crashing symphony of a fire by turret, who doesn’t love the smell of cordite in the morning? The Guns, The Guns, We All Live to Serve The Guns. And the floating Artillery Platforms have the biggest and the best.

    This desire to be a Gun Bunny has its roots in your former duty as a Master Chief Petty Officer, COB, of the Door Gunners charged with the defence of the Battlestar Galactica. How many times did we dirt digging, pony faced, dog soldiers watch as you pushed a newb out of the way to blast a hole in a swarm Cylons. If that wanna be former diver in command of the Pegasus had of listened to you, he might of saved his ship and not be stuck hunting in the sea.

    Throughout the rest of your lifetimes, you were the keeper of the cats for the Alexandrians, the educator of Plato, Socrates’ doctor, showed the Chinese how to mix burnt wood with saltpeter/nitre to make things go boom, and perfected pasta and flat bread meat dishes to serve to travelling Eyetalians. Another time, when they called you Molly, you quit carrying the water, picked up a sponge and rammer and gave the Red Coats What For. Then there was that little trip with Andy down to Noo Orlins. You fired your cannon till the barrel melted down, then you grabbed an alligator and you fought another round. Served with Algenon Dickerson/Almaron Dickinson at a broke down Chapel in Tejas firing the last shot from the 12 pounder before being overrun. Nearly 30 years later, as a Gallant Young Major of Artillery, you held up an entire Army Corps with only “Old Nap” and a Parrot Gun. Bob Lee hisself stated that it was good to see courage in one so young.

    In your last former lifetime, you were assigned to a Floating Artillery Platform and detailed as a Cook. When a sneak attack occurred, upon exhausting your supply of cookware by throwing it at dive bombers, you took over a crew served weapon and single handedly fought of more of the sneaky Aerial Artillery Platform Bastards, helping to save your ship and your mates. Alas, not long afterward you went down fighting with your mates and it took decades to recognize fully the Honors that were deserved.

    In this, your latest incarnation, your love of the Big Guns led you, again, to the Floating Artillery, hoping to become another Gun Bunny. Alas again, the misplaced ideas of Big Navy would only allow you to shoot things with a camera. You did lead the way to help show Big Navy the error of their ways and now, the members of the female gland have the same equal opportunity to die in the combat arms defence of their Country, serving The Guns, The Guns!

    All of the above explains your love of the Big ol’ Ships (guns thereof), Cooking, Correct Grammar, and Cats. Thus endeth the Lesson.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    I have not yet begun to fight, y’know.

    I also cook.

  5. 2banana says:

    German battleship designer #1: “Hey, should we worry about WWI biplanes?”

    German battleship designer #2: “Nah”

    • The Other Whitey says:

      The Swordfish outlived both of its replacements (the underwhelming Albacore and the worse-than-useless Skua) in active service.

    • Frank says:

      Those “Stringbags” crippled an Italian fleet tied up in Taranto harbor 1941.
      Unfortunately some Japanese military observers were watching and taking notes…

  6. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    And no, I have no idea why I like these big ol’ ships. I just do.

    They’re big, powerful and can deliver a lot of whoop ass with those big guns.

    Took a tour of the USS New Jersey after she was recommissioned in the 80’s. Talk about awe inspiring.

  7. The Other Whitey says:

    I read somewhere that nobody on HMS Prince of Wales heard the explosion of Hood’s aft magazines. Supposedly the energy released by the blast pushed it to a frequency beyond human hearing.

    HMS Hood was slated for conversion to a fast battleship via improvements to her propulsion and increased deck armor, but budgets, bureaucracy, and her status as the Royal Navy’s showpiece ship meant that the conversion, or even a regular overhaul of her machinery, which by 1941 was beyond worn-out and barely able to push the ship to 27 knots, kept getting indefinitely postponed.

    I wonder sometimes whether more than just the three survivors made it off of Hood as she went down. The waters around Iceland are cold as shit even in summer. How many men may have survived the sinking, only to freeze to death before anyone found them?

    • Ex Coelis says:

      My Grandfather(who served RCAF 426 Sqn at Linton-on-Ouze, Yorkshire) related that the average in-water survival time for an aircrew that ditched in the North Sea was approximately three minutes. As he related “You’ve got approximately a minute and a half of consciousness – time enough to say the Lord’s Prayer and maybe a Hail Mary and a minute or so later, one goes to sleep for good – if you’re very lucky”. To this day, recalling my Grandfather’s words still gives me goose-skin…

  8. Frank says:

    Enjoy.Battleship porn at it’s best.
    A US loan pilot in a Catalina found him.
    Adm TOVEY’S tactics were brutal, the sausage suckers never had a chance.