1941: It was announced by the Admiralty last night that the Bismarck—the unsinkable —has been sunk, and thus the British Navy has avenged the loss of H.M.S. Hood
The Bismarck was being hotly pursued, and bombers of the Fleet Air Arm had hit her with a torpedo.
Early today, Berlin issued a special communiqué stating that the Bismarck had been engaged in a fierce battle.
It is only four days since the Bismarck left a Norwegian port.
The precise object of her mission was not known. It is thought that the German High Command would never have risked one of their two very biggest battleships unless they had some important object in view.
The Germans claimed that the Bismarck was unsinkable, as she was fitted with everyone of the latest devices, including numerous water-tight compartments. She was very heavily armored, and she could survive immense gunfire, hits torpedoes and mines, without being destroyed.
She had a speed of thirty knots. The Bismarck had eight 15-inch guns and twelve 5.9 inch. guns. She carried four seaplanes, and triple screws and double rudders.