High Seas: A Marker on a Chilly Grave

A Marker on a Chilly Grave

Adolf Hitler saw the great dreadnought as the key to ending Britain's naval supremacy. Even Winston Churchill conceded that the 823-ft., 42,000-ton German battleship was a "masterpiece of naval construction." Rather than emerging as the scourge of the Atlantic, however, the Bismarck fell victim to a superior British force in one of World War II's most spectacular naval engagements. Only nine days after leaving on her first combat mission, she was sunk on May 27, 1941, with all but about 115 of her 2,200-man crew aboard.

Last week the Bismarck's hulk was discovered some 600 miles west of the Brittany port...

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