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Sink the Bismarck - Which Ship Did She Get?
Towards the end, which is the night between the 26th and 27th May 1941, with the King George V and Rodney bearing down on her, the Bismarck is harassed by five destroyers.
During the fight, Bismarck blows the bow off of one of the destroyers and the group commander is heard to say:
"My God, she's got the Solent!!!"
This is quite an achievement since HMS Solent never existed in the first place! The destroyers were of the Tribal class, and the ship that was hit historically was HMS Zulu.
They got the other ship names right!
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Killfrenzy on 11-05-2001
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smuz writes:
It was stated that HMS Zulu was the sunk by the Bismark--------but it was not. The HMS Zulu had sunk because of off shore rounds being fired at the British that had caused some damage. The real blow came from bombs of JU87's and JU88's that had disabled her. She sunk while being towed back to safe harbor as a result of her damage.
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Andreas writes:
That's unfortunately another slip-up. HMS Zulu was sunk by air attack in the Mediterranean in September 1942. Also, no shore batteries engaged in the Bismarck battle, since it happened about 400 nautical miles out to sea. The correct answer is that the destroyer lost during the operation was HMS Mashona, a Tribal-class destroyer. She was lost to air attack the morning of the sinking of the Bismarck while retiring from the scene, with no prior damage from the engagement with Bismarck, in which she did not participate. HMS Cossack (another Tribal) received splinter damage during the torpedo attacks, and this maybe what the hit on the fictitious HMS Solent refers to. As for film bloopers, no torpedo hits were achieved by the destroyers (the film says three hits, I think). See also: http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DD-34Tribal-Mashona.htm http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-10DD-34Tribal-Zulu.htm http://www.kbismarck.com/operheini.html
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igreggor writes:
"This is quite an achievement since HMS Solent never existed in the first place" Strictly speaking, HMS Solent DID exist, but it was a submarine!
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