Book Review-‘Battleship Bismarck: A design and operational history’ by W. H. Garzke, R. O. Dulin and W. Jurens

By Innes McCartney, published October 2020


This lengthy and lavishly produced new history of the battleship Bismarck from construction to destruction has been written by three respected authors on the study of the ship. Garzke and Dulin are both career naval architects and Jurens is an engineer with a specialist interest in battle design and gunnery. Jurens has also been involved in the inspection of the wreck site of Bismarck and is perhaps the most intimate with the battle damage visible in its remains. Understandably then, this book could be considered to be a definitive work in studies of the Bismarck, in its design aspects, operational performance and as a shipwreck. In this regard it does not disappoint, although it is far from perfect…

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Filed under: WW2
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Shipbuilding & Design

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