The Bismarck never surrendered. Her colours still flew high, were still flying when the Dorsetshire closed in on the silent, lifeless ship and torpedoed three times from close range. Almost at once she heeled far over to port, her colours dipping into the water, then turned bottom up and slid beneath the waves, silent except for the furious hissing and bubbling as the waters closed over the red hot steel of the superstructure.— Alistair MacLean, The Lonely Sea
The German heavy cruiser (’pocket battleship’) Admiral Graf Spee, a guest in English waters for the May 1937 Coronation Review of King George VI. The Royal Navy’s own Revenge-class battleship HMS Ramillies sits in the distance.
The smallest sailor in the Bismarck battle, “Spitzky” the tiny grey kitten mascot aboard ORP Piorun had her thrills in the Bismarck Battle. Her ship was almost the first to open fire during the chase during which she was almost washed overboard. Spitzky is seen with her mother.