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by Ludovic Kennedy

  • ISBN: 0670583146
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Ludovic Kennedy
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (July 1974)
  • Pages: 254
  • ePub book: 1154 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1537 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 184

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Pursuit The Sinking of the Bismarck. I don't know if there are any better books about the pursuit and sinking of the Bismarck

Pursuit The Sinking of the Bismarck. Pursuit: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck. I don't know if there are any better books about the pursuit and sinking of the Bismarck. A good example is "Shattered Sword", about the Battle of Midway and the clarification that excellent book makes about what really happened during those crucial three days and the three minutes of the most amazing battle in the Pacific War.

Sink the Bismarck!, a 1960 film based on C. S. Forester's book The Last Nine Days . Admiralty report BR 1736: The Chase and Sinking of the Bismarck. Pursuit: The sinking of the Bismarck. William Collins Sons & Co Ltd 1974. Forester's book The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck. Sink the Bismarck", a 1960 song by Johnny Horton inspired by the film of the same name. Computer Bismarck, a 1980 computer game that simulates the battle. Naval Staff History (Second World War) Battle Summary No. 5, March 1950.

There have been a lot of books written about battleship Bismarck but Kennedy's retelling of the story is widely regarded as a classic and upon finally reading it I would like to meet the reader who begs to differ!

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In May 1941, the German battleship Bismarck headed out into the North Atlantic to raid Allied shipping. She was accompanied by the Prinz Eugen and her pursuit was an epic of naval warfare. Found and shadowed by British cruisers, she was engaged by the Hood and the Prince of Wales. I have since seen him interviewed in documentaries about the Bismarck so he is still a reliable source.

Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy. Bismarck (Battleship), British Naval operations, Naval operations, British, World War, 1939-1945. Pursuit; the chase and sinking of the Bismarck. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove Pursuit; the chase and sinking of the Bismarck from your list? Pursuit; the chase and sinking of the Bismarck. by Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy. Published 1974 by Viking Press in New York.

Published by Book Club Associates (BCA), 2008. Condition: Good Hardcover. Bibliographic Details. Title: PURSUIT: The Chase and Sinking of the. Publisher: Book Club Associates (BCA). Publication Date: 2008.

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Comments

Nnulam Nnulam
Excellent book. I thoroughly reading it, exciting, great story told marvelously. Also the book is in excellent condition, the price was great, and I would recommend this Seller to anyone who is thinking of buying a book from them
JoldGold JoldGold
I already know the history, nothing much new here (and it is an older book, so why would there be?). Good read anyway. It did provide me some renewed appreciation for Lutjens despite his perceived strategic mistakes. This was a sad story for both sides.
SadLendy SadLendy
Already a Kennedy fan, and no one could have told this epic story like him. He transports you there, into the thick of it, where he was, and where you soon will find yourself.
Dordred Dordred
Best description of the story I have found.
Gralinda Gralinda
If you are interested in Bismarck, you must read this book and baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg. Then search for anything else. The end.
Road.to sliver Road.to sliver
I'm only leaving feedback for the vendor for now as I just received this book and haven't begun reading it yet.....The book arrived very quickly, it's in very good shape just as the vendor had described. And the packing was very smart so as to protect this classic hardback book with original dust cover. Cheers!
Nuadora Nuadora
I don't know if there are any better books about the pursuit and sinking of the Bismarck. As it happens with famous, crucial war stories, modern research cleans up both myths and the understandable errors from books written in earlier years. A good example is "Shattered Sword", about the Battle of Midway and the clarification that excellent book makes about what really happened during those crucial three days and the three minutes of the most amazing battle in the Pacific War.

All of the above (and I know that this should not be the correct approach of a professional historian) doesn't matter with "Pursuit", by Ludovic Kennedy. I rate this book up there with British classics like "Watership Down" and "The Lord of the Rings". I read it first when I was eight years old and still in primary school. "Pursuit" single-handedly made me fall in love with naval warfare for WWI and WWII fought in all oceans of the world.

In "Pursuit", Kennedy weaves three strands into the objective of the operation: primarily, the pursuit and sinking of the Bismarck. The very important second strand is the sailors' testimonials from both sides and their perception of events during both the crucial and the boring moments of that fateful trip. This makes you know them and wonder with genuine tension over what their fate will be. Last of all is the writing itself and what I can only call "the editing".

The "Editing" is not in the literary sense but, believe it or not, in the cinematic one. When the Bismarck and the Prinz Eugen meet the Hood and Prince of Wales, the German ships hadn't a clue about what they were actually facing. The general consensus was that the two British ships were stray cruisers. Kennedy doesn't jump into the battle, but dials the tension up to factor eleven by showing the British sailors acting calmly and professionally, even in the face of the fearful German Leviathan. Kennedy, in a totally fair and balanced approach, cuts from ship to ship, from sailor to sailor (whom the reader knows by now almost as friends). All of them are performing the duties for which they had trained for months or years. All of them are pushing fear to the remote corners of their minds. The style, in these crucial moments, reminds me of James Joyce's "Dubliners": clean, cold, and letting the facts speaking for themselves. Yet, there are still strokes of heart-breaking romanticism. The ships are compared to charging knights with guns instead of lances and "1500 squires in the wombs of their mounts". When the British guns fire, igniting artificial suns in the cold, sub-arctic morning, the release of violence almost shatters the very page you are reading, All of sudden, the War returns above us.

All of this is enveloped in the wonderful description of the natural landscapes at those higher latitudes. Kennedy devotes both complete paragraphs and simple lines to the sky, the sea, and even the fauna, while the mechanical devices of destruction sail towards potential doom. All of this is seen through human eyes. It makes for an enhanced appreciation of things, both simple and vast, that only the understanding of approaching Death makes possible. Kennedy's ability to convey this sentiment to the reader is just one peak of his writing effort.

Much has been written about the fateful Swordfish attack which crippled the Bismarck when she was almost safe, but I honestly I don't know how many books quote the first report made by the squadron leader: "We believe we didn't achieve a single hit". The British, according to Kennedy, basically folded with depression and desperation washing over them like a black wave. It was only when the morning reports showed the Bismarck "doing strange evolutions" instead of rushing for the French coast, that the British started to suspect the German Battleship had been somehow damaged. The rest is the "Götterdämmerung" for the Bismarck and, strangely enough, one of the less interesting chapters in the book. The whole British Fleet pummels her and it is over.

[A marginal note tells us that, on a cruiser, a sailor armed with a photo-camera was hoping to take a picture of the Bismarck. This was Kennedy and is the only reference in the whole book that the author, even if marginally, had been part of the action].

As I said earlier, "Pursuit" is, IMHO, not simply a historical book, but one of the best books I ever read. A girlfriend of mine, after watching "Saving Private Ryan", became interested in reading more about WWII, especially. from a human, personal point of view. As a gift, I gave her "Band of Brothers", "The Forgotten Soldier", and "Pursuit". She was perplexed by this last book. It was so different both in the theatre (the war at sea) and the other books and movies. She ended up loving it and I noticed that she placed it not amongst the other war books, but on her special shelf where she keeps the books she loves.

Yes, it's that good.

Shed your preconceptions about the topic, theatre of war, and even the unavoidable, honest mistakes of books written decades ago. After writing this review, I think I'll read "Pursuit", again. You will not find a biggest commendation in my book.
This book no longer seems to be in print. So one will have to buy it second hand, do so, this is a good book. I have seen a movie about the Bismark, saw a National Geographic special about the Bismark, even heard a Johnny Horton song about it. It occurred to me, I had never really read anything about the sinking of the Bismark. This is a book that gives a good accounting of it. The movie nor the TV special never gave the impression of how much ocean was used in this event nor how close the Bismark came to escaping the Royal Navy. The sinking of the Bismark is a great sea story and one should read about.