The Bismarck entered into service in August 1940. A fraction smaller than its sister ship the Tirpitz but still one of the largest battleships to ever be manufactured.
In May 1941, the Bismarck and cruiser Prinz Eugen had been sent to Norway with the mission to break out into the Atlantic Ocean and disrupt the convoys being sent to supply the allies. Its movements had however been tracked by the Swedish air force who passed the information onto the Royal Navy…
The Bismarck final battle was on the 27th May 1941, the already-crippled Bismarck was engaged by two British battleships and two heavy cruisers, and sustained incapacitating damage and heavy loss of life. The final blow came from two attacks from the HMS Dorsetshire. The Captain decided to scuttle the Ship to prevent her being boarded by the British, and to allow the ship to be abandoned so as to limit further casualties. 116 men survived the crew consisted of 103 Officers and 1962 enlisted men.