This book chronicles the short life and violent end of the great German capitol ship Bismarck.
I am fortunate to have been a U.S. Navy veteran and can personally "visualise" what the interior of the Bismarck could have been like, von Mullenheim-Rechberg gives a fascinating view of the crew, from the ordinary seaman to the egotistical Fleet Admiral Raeder.
The crew of the Bismarck is to be commended for their heroic actions underfire as well as their devotion to duty and each other. It is unfortunate that an outstanding Battleship such as the Bismarck was a tool in Adolf Hitler's warped and destructive vision. von Mullenheim-Rechberg makes his point very well that he was an anti-Nazi, but he was also a Sailor who had to defend the Fatherland (Germany)in an honorable way.
The details of the Battleship are told in an easily understandable prose, as well as the famous Battle when the HMS Hood was sent to the bottom of the ocean due to the excellent marksmanship of the huge guns of the Bismarck. The frightening events of the sinking of the Bismarck are also told with chilling detail as well.
This is a book that is to be recommended to all serious students of World War II as well as to those who enjoy a great lesson in history. After reading this, I have an admiration for both the British and German Navies of World War II, it is a tragedy that such admirable foes had to face one another at all.