By T. D. Kendrick
Spell binding, well-documented, and shiny account through a number one authority at the topic chronicles the actions of these daring sea raiders of the North who terrorized Europe from the eighth to the eleventh centuries. Abundantly illustrated, the amount could be useful to students and scholars of Nordic heritage. 12 plates and forty black-and-white illustrations.
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Even though my crew, with few exceptions, has had no combat experience, I have the comforting feeling that, with this ship, I will be able to accomplish any mission assigned to me. This feeling is strengthened by the fact that, in combination with the level of training achieved, we have— for the first time in years—a ship whose fighting qualities are at least a match for any enemy. The delay in our departure, whose approximate date obviously could not be kept from the crew, is a bitter disappointment to everyone concerned.
When Hitler suggested that, apart from anything else, the numerical superiority of the British fleet presented a great risk, Lütjens pointed to the Bismarck's superiority over any single British capital ship. Her hitting and staying power were so great that he had no apprehension on that score. After a pause, he added that breaking out to the high seas would not by any means be the end of our worries. Quite clearly, torpedo planes from British aircraft carriers were a great danger that he would have to reckon with all the time he was in the Atlantic.
Little did we know, as we watched the only movie shown on the Bismarck during the operation, that, on the coast near Kristiansand, Viggo Axelssen, a member of the Norwegian underground, and some of his friends were watching our formation. To make it difficult for enemy submarines to estimate her range and speed, the Bismarck had white waves painted behind the dark gray of her bow and stern, and three black-and-white stripes, one of them angled, on her hull and superstructure. The Prinz Eugen wore similar camouflage.
A History of the Vikings by T. D. Kendrick