Bismarck was scuttled by it's crew having been massively damaged by the Royal Navy during the 26 & 27th of May 1941.
Four days earlier Bismarck had destroyed the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood with just three of the ship's complement of 1418 surviving.
Virtually every major surface unit the Royal Navy had available was ordered to attack Bismarck as revenge for the morale sapping loss of the famous Hood.
Two days after destroying Hood, DKM Bismarck was left crippled and steaming in circles when a torpedo dropped from a Fleet Air Arm Fairy Swordfish wrecked her rudder.
Bismarck lies 17,500 feet down some 400 miles from Brest, the port which she was trying to reach.
115 of Bismarck's complement of 2246 were rescued.
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