Killing the Bismarck : Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet
Winner of a Mountbatten Maritime Award for best literary contribution Certificate of Merit, the citation, by a distinguished panel of judges, described Killing the Bismarck as 'a book of intense drama, compiled with painstaking accuracy and vividly portrayed through the meticulous accumulation of first-hand witness accounts.' The citation also declared it to be 'authoritative and compelling.' The paperback edition contains an additional section of new material that aims to further understanding of a pivotal event in the Second World War, namely the pursuit and destruction of the German Navy's flagship in May 1941. It offers fresh eyewitness testimony to what happened during key phases of the Bismarck Action, proving that, even more than seven decades on from events at the heart of the drama, our perceptions of what really happened can still evolve. Aspects of the story recounted in the hardback edition stirred up controversy, particularly the suggestion that some of Bismarck's men may have tried to surrender at the height of the concluding battle.
The new material includes a look at other contentious episodes in the Bismarck Action. These include a consideration of which Swordfish was responsible for causing crucial damage to the German battleship's steering and cruiser HMS Dorsetshire's part in saving some of Bismarck's crew. The paperback edition again features the powerful painting The End of Bismarck by Paul Wright on its cover.
The spine retains the composite image of a Swordfish and Bismarck burning (using a photo by Jonathan Eastland with Paul's work). This is meant to depict one of HMS Ark Royal's aircraft turning away without dropping her torpedo on the morning of 27 May 1941, which is a realistic depiction of events.