Saturday, May 24, 2008


This Day in the History of an Early Tit for a Later Tat

On this day in 1941, north and east of Iceland, the famous German battleship, Bismark, blew in half the famous British battlecruiser Hood from a distance of 9 miles. There were only three survivors from the Hood. The doomed English Battleship, Prince of Wales, was also damaged and had to flee the area. Not a good day for the British Navy. The Bismark's fuel tank, however, was damaged in the fight and she had to return to port, a voyage she never quite completed. The idea had been to loose the battleships Bismark and Tirpitz on the convoys in the North Atlantic and on their way to Murmansk. The Germans never got that done either.

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