Sink the Bismarck!

Sink The Bismarck!


Sink the Bismarck!

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Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white British war film based on the book "The Last Nine Days of the Bismarck" by C. S. Forester. It tells the true story of the Royal Navy's attempts to find and sink the German battleship during the Second World War. It stars Kenneth More and Dana Wynter and was directed by Lewis Gilbert. It was the inspiration for Johnny Horton's movie tie-in song, "Sink the Bismarck."


The film begins in 1939 with footage of the launch of Nazi Germany's largest and most powerful battleship, Bismarck in a ceremony in Hamburg with Adolf Hitler attending. The launching of the hull is seen as the beginning of an era of German sea power. Two years later, in 1941, British convoys are being ravaged by U-boats and surface raider attacks which cut off supplies which Britain needs to continue the war. In May, British intelligence discovers the Bismarck and the heavy cruiser are about to break into the North Atlantic to attack convoys.

The man assigned to coordinate the hunt is the Admiralty's chief of operations, Captain Jonathan Shepard (More), who has been distraught over the death of his wife in an air raid and the sinking of his ship by German ships commanded by Admiral Günther Lütjens (Karel Štěpánek). Upon receiving his new post, he discovers Lütjens is the fleet commander aboard the Bismarck. Shepard's experience of conflict with the German Navy and his understanding of Lütjens allow him to...
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