Battleship Bismarck | The true face of a warship
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Battleship Bismarck

The True Face of a Warship

Over 400 stories of the men on board

Over 75 years ago the pride of the German Kriegsmarine sank, taking the majority of the crew with her. Many were young men who had joined the navy a short time before, fresh out of basic and advanced training, who had a short but harrowing deployment behind them. Success, good luck, bad luck and twists of fate had been their lot. Then on 27 May 1941 it was over. Fatally crippled by a torpedo hit on her rudder which left her unable to maneuver and surrounded by enemy ships, Bismarck was sunk, a fate shared by countless ships on both sides during the war. Yet with the Bismarck something fascinating, something special lingers and makes her famous.

Much has been written about the Bismarck since then, and the ship itself is almost always the focus. It is the crew that provides a ship with its true identity and image. We wish to illuminate this aspect of the Battleship Bismarck in this area. We will attempt to portray the lives of the sailors aboard the Bismarck, what they experienced, where they came from, and what life on board was really like. Who were these men, and where did they come from? Why did they join the Kriegsmarine? What did they think of the mighty ship? Who were their mates? These are just some of the questions we try to answer in speaking with survivors, family members of those who died and eye witnesses.

An extensive work emerged which we are publishing in four volumes. The volumes present as far as possible the individual stories and fates of the crew members. We tell the stories of over 400 crewmembers who served in different divisions on board from high-ranking officers to lower grade enlisted men.

Volume 1.1

Battleship Bismarck – The True Face of a Warship Volume 1.1

The new 368 pages long book focus on the ship's command and the officers and non-commissioned officers of the Seamen. We tell the Stories of 68 crewmembers, like the Boatswain's Mate Josef Würzinger, who married a few weeks before sailing and died after just 45 days of marriage or the Boatswain's Mate Gerhard Oesper, who went to the navy to see the world and enjoyed his service time. Besides the exciting stories of the crewmembers we present present their workplace which espacially includes the ship's artillery, anti aircraft guns and fire directory in an large chapter. At the preview you can take a look on the book.

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Volume 1.2

The Volume 1.2 is not finished yet. It will follow the Volume 1.1 and will tell the story of the lower ranks of the Seamen. You can allready prebook the book to ensure that you will get informed once the book is available.

Volume 2

Battleship Bismarck – The True Face of a Warship Volume 2

On 340 pages we present the stories of 84 crewmembers from the specialist personnel. With many exciting stories, like the one of the ship's surgeon who worked as a doctor in an American mission in Africa before joining the navy, or Bruno Köhler who exchanged his command with a friend to get aboard the Bismarck. At the preview you can take a look on the book.

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Volume 3

Battleship Bismarck – The True Face of a Warship Volume 3

Volume 3 deals with Engineering Personnel, with auxiliary personnel such as Aviation and Civilian Personnel as well as the special detachments - Fleet Staff, Fleet Observer Group, Prize Crews and Combat Correspondents who came on board just before Operation “Rheinübung.”

Further, the separate divisions and operation and work areas are described in detail and include pictures and drawings. The book includes 616 pictures and drawings, lists of ranks and insignia well as crew lists.

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ISBN 978-3-8448-0179-8

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Schlachtschiff Bismarck - Das wahre Gesicht eines Schiffes Teil 1.1

Volume 1.1

Ship’s Command

Seamen (officers and non-commissioned officers)


Prize: € 29,50 incl. VAT
plus packaging and postage

Only available in German

Schlachtschiff Bismarck - Das wahre Gesicht eines Schiffes Teil 2

Volume 2

Administrative and
Medical Personnel

Gunnery Mechanics and Pyrotechnicians

Navigation, Intelligence Personnel, Ship’s Band


Prize: € 32,50 incl. VAT
plus packaging and postage

Only available in German

Schlachtschiff Bismarck - Das wahre Gesicht eines Schiffes Teil 3

Volume 3

Engineering Personnel

Aviation and Civilian Personnel

Fleet Staff, Fleet Observer Group, Prize Crews and Combat Correspondents


Prize: € 34,90 incl. VAT
plus packaging and postage

Only available in German

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Volume 1.1

  • 368 Pages, hard cover
  • 510 pictures and technical drawings
  • 68 Portraits
  • History of the Bismarck
  • Detailed introductory texts for the crew and their division including the artillery, antiaircraft and fire directory
  • Crew lists for the separate divisions
  • Price € 29,50 incl. VAT / Packaging and postage per book € 3,- (within Germany, abroad: € 8,-)

Volume 2

  • 340 Pages, hard cover
  • 371 pictures and technical drawings
  • 84 Portraits
  • History of the Bismarck
  • Detailed introductory texts for the crew and their divisions
  • Crew lists for the separate divisions
  • Price € 32,50 incl. VAT / Packaging and postage per book € 3,- (within Germany, abroad: € 8,-)
  • ISBN 978-3-7322-3122-5

Volume 3

  • 436 Pages, hard cover
  • 616 pictures and technical drawings
  • 114 Portraits
  • History of the Bismarck
  • Detailed introductory texts for the crew and their divisions
  • Crew lists for the separate divisions
  • Price € 34,90 incl. VAT / Packaging and postage per book € 3,- (within Germany, abroad: € 8,-)
  • ISBN 978-3-8448-0179-8

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Volume 1.1

Ship’s Command

Seamen (officers and non-commissioned officers)

Only available in German

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Volume 1.2

Seaman (men)

Only available in German

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Volume 2

Administrative and Medical Personnel

Gunnery Mechanics and Pyrotechnicians

Navigation, Intelligence Personnel, Ship’s Band

Only available in German

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Volume 3

Engineering Personnel

Aviation and Civilian Personnel

Fleet Staff, Fleet Observer Group, Prize Crews and Combat Correspondents
 

Only available in German

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