Awaiting Fate - Bismarck
German Battleship Bismarck Naval Art Print by Marine Artist John Stewart
Though relatively short, the career of Bismarck has seen her become one of the most famous battleships ever to put to sea. Well-armed, extremely well protected and with excellent speed, the ship could have proven to be a true menace to the convoy system feeding and arming Britain. Her legendary battle with HMS Hood and subsequent engagement and sinking by units of the British Home Fleet remains one of the most widely told of WWII stories.
This painting by John Stewart shows her after the attack by aircraft from HMS Ark Royal, which damaged her sufficiently to send the great ship into a vast circular movement, allowing HMS King George V and HMS Rodney to bring their vast armaments to bear. HMS Dorsetshire would deliver the coup de grace with torpedoes after Bismarck had been reduced to a flaming hulk
AN ACCOMPANYING PRINT SHOWING HMS KING GEORGE V AND HMS RODNEY IS ALSO AVAILABLE