Music on Mondays — Happy Memorial Day!

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I have always loved history, especially war history, and on this date in 1941, the British Navy sunk the German battleship Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France.

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The Bismarck was launched at Hamburg, Germany, on February 14, 1939. At 823 feet long, Adolf Hitler believed that the start-of-the-art battleship would mark the rebirth of the German Navy. The British Navy heavily patrolled ocean routes from Germany to the Atlantic Ocean, though, and only German submarines were able to move freely in the Atlantic Ocean.

In May of 1941, Hilter gave the order for the Bismarck to break the British patrols and get out into the Atlantic Ocean where it might wreak havoc. Britain sent much of the British Home Fleet in pursuit, and the British battle cruiser Hood and the battleship Prince of Wales found the Bismarck near Iceland. A fierce battle ensued but ultimately the Hood exploded and sank, taking 1418 of its 1421 crewmen to a watery grave.

Although the Bismarck escaped, it was leaking fuel and fled to occupied France. On May 26, British aircraft sighted it and crippled it. The next day, three British warships descended on the Bismarck and finished it off, sending it to join the Hood below the waves.

Thank you, Veterans!

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11 thoughts on “Music on Mondays — Happy Memorial Day!

  1. laurie27wsmith

    The song always gives me goose bumps. I have a high respect for men who go to sea to fight, there is something about the finality of defeat in water. If you have time take a look at this link. The sailor in question, Eddie Sheann was the uncle of a man I served in the army with. Thumbnail sketch, Sheann was the Oerlikin gunner on a RAN ship torpedoed in WW2, wounded and ready to abandon ship he returned to his gun, strapped himself in and began firing at the planes strafing the survivors. He shot one down and continued firing as the ship went below the waves, survivors reported seeing tracer rounds coming out of the sea. Eddie was 18 tears old.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Thanks for the link. That’s very cool, the type of history that I love to read about. I hope there are some people in the new generation who love history and will keep it alive, even if via Twitter……


      1. laurie27wsmith

        You’re welcome Russel, there are so many stories out there. History via twitter would be interesting. WW2 in a 140 characters. 🙂


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