jason spurr wrote:... During the final battle the British ships hit Bismarck in the hull many times, above and below the waterline.
They have virtually explored every square inch of the hull that they can see
and they have found a number of torpedos and shells hits, but the impacts didn't seem to damage the inner skin of the Bismarck.
There is persuasive evidence that there were some penetrations of the 320mm main side belt ...
Explorers to the wreck believe she could have been capable of staying afloat for half a day or so if her fate had not already been sealed.
The fact the Germans were jumping from the ship must of been obvious to the British they'd surrendered.
A white flag or a black flag? Your right tommy a white flag would be the correct color to fly. Whatever color the flag was, or ended up being, it was amazing they managed to hoist a one at all.
... a flag was hoisted,
signals were given from lamps,
right down to germans waving there arms in the air.
jason spurr wrote:I think you all need to see a number of photos in this collection. Am i able to attach photos for you all to see? I think once they have been seen some constructive criticism can be given.
jason spurr wrote:...There is just so much information out there that supports each side of the story,
sunk or scuttled?
The majority of the people that have explored the wreck lean towards the latter.
But why does a ship have to be sunk to be destroyed?
I believe the Bismarck was destroyed long before she was sunk.
Around a thousand men abandoned the Bismarck that day... Wouldn't that take awhile?
Did they start abandoning the ship from the very start?
I suppose we will never know exactly the number of men that managed to get into the water, the British censor has made sure of that!
If i am correct the Bismarck was showing signs of listing to port early on in the battle. Why was this? Did she suffer serious damage at the very start that sealed her fate ? The large hole on the port side of the catapult would be a good place to start looking and please don't tell me the story how a torpedo from Dorsetshire landed up on the deck. Maybe things will make more sense once the photos have been seen.
jason spurr wrote:....my claim that the Victorious was present and played a crucial part in the Bismarck's demise..
As you know the Ark Royal sent in an air-strike that morning but it was called back because the battleships were about to engage and there was a chance of her planes being caught up in the crossfire. Well the Victorious didn't face this dilemma on the other side and her air-strike went ahead. After the strike on the 24Th the pilots knew there torpedos were ineffective against the Bismarck's armor belt. So they were left with no option but to dive bomb there target to inflict any sort of major damage. But profoundly while executing this maneuver the battleships fired there first rounds. I truly believe one of those initial shells pieced the aft port side of Bruno gun turret, followed seconds later by a torpedo landing on the port side of the catapult.
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