The Lesson of the Bismarck

Hale, William Harlan
June 1941
New Republic;6/9/41, Vol. 104 Issue 23, p782
Focuses on the war operations and the use of warships on the Atlantic sea battlefront in the Second World War. Report that the Germans, the apostles of crushing air attack, have so far failed to sink or even cripple a capital ship by bombing; but they have destroyed the world's biggest fighting unit by the gunfire of a capital ship without, air support; Report that the British, whose entire faith has been placed upon the capital ship like Bismarck, against all challengers, are the only nation so far to have struck telling blows upon capital ships by air or small-boat attacks; View that a deadly contest is being waged between air strength and sea strength; View that the question, which the Bismarck ship drama raises is not so much one of sea vs. air as it is one of the use and evaluation of forces that are based upon the high seas; Information on the attacks of Bismarck; Report that the American navy was the first in the world to decide that the battleship was as vulnerable an object as the great Bismarck proved herself to be.


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