channell Posted November 12, 2018 Author Share #151 Posted November 12, 2018 Bismarck had fired on one of the RN cruisers that had spotted and was shadowing her earlier. The concussion of her own big guns knocked out Bismarck's forward radar so Admiral Lutjens moved Prinz Eugen in front. Both ships had roughly similar general profiles and with distance and weather (remember they started firing at each other at 12-15 MILES away) the British wrongly guessed Bismarck was in the lead. Prinz Eugen was undamaged in the battle but Prince of Wales scored a couple of minor hits on Bismarck, forcing Admiral Lutjens to slow down a couple knots and making Bismarck loose fuel, effectively ending Operation Rhine for the Germans and turning a planned convoy raiding expedition into a chase as Bismarck attempted to get to France for repairs. mtaylor, Old Collingwood, Canute and 1 other 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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