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    KMS Bismarck

    DKM "Tirpitz" photographed in the Alta Fijord, Norway, probably in mid 1943. Tirpitz was the second of the Bismarck class battleships (8 x 38 cm [15 inch] guns, 42,900 tons, top speed 30 kts.) These ships had a great reputation, but the design was conservative, and they were not the equals of the US Iowa class, or the South Dakotas. Note the torpedo nets around Tirpitz. The nets would not protect Tirpitz from mining by British midget submarines here in Sept. 1943, which severely damaged her.

    German Battleship Tirpitz

    KMS Tirpitz was the second of two Bismarck-class battleships built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine (navy) during World War II. After a series of wartime modifications she was 2,000 metric tons (2,000 long tons; 2,200 short tons) heavier than Bismarck, making her the heaviest battleship ever built by a European navy. After completing sea trials in early 1941, Tirpitz briefly served as the centrepiece of the Baltic Fleet to prevent a possible break-out attempt by the Soviet Baltic Fleet.

    Fine and relatively unknown view of 15 in Tirpitz (sister to Bismarck) in the Norwegian setting typical of her war. As a threat in being to the Arctic convoys she was constantly attacked by the British, finally being finished off by RAF Lancasters using 12000 lb 'Tallboy' bombs in November 1944: she had already been severely damaged in earlier raids.

    The Tirpitz in Kåfjord, Norway. In September 1943, Tirpitz, along with the battleship Scharnhorst, bombarded Allied positions on Spitzbergen, the only time the ship used her main battery in an offensive role. Shortly thereafter, the ship was damaged in an attack by British mini-submarines and subsequently subjected to a series of large-scale air raids.

    The German battleship "Tirpitz".

    15 in Bismarck class battleship Tirpitz at gunnery practice during commissioning, 1941: she only once fired her main armament at surface targets in anger, during an attack on the allied weather station at Spitzbergen carried out in conjunction with Scharnhorst in September 1943. A critical threat to allied Arctic convoys to Russia, she was finally sunk at Tromso, Norway by RAF Lancasters in November 1944 after many previous attacks.

    Tirpitz, sister of Bismarck (pictured nearby), September 1943. Based in Norwegian waters for much of the war, she was attacked 34 times by the British in attempts to remove her as a threat to the Arctic convoys, both by midget submarine (a VC winning action) and by carrier borne and heavy bombers. Already badly damaged, RAF Lancasters finished her off at Tromso in November 1944.

    German battleship Tirpitz hiding in her Norwegian fjord.

    KSM Bismark at sunset - KSM Bismark - Corazzata - Dislocamento a vuoto: 41.700 t (di cui il 40% dedicato alle corazze) a pieno carico: 50.900 t Lunghezza sulla linea di galleggiamento: 241 m complessivo: 251 m Larghezza 36 m Pescaggio standard: 8,7 m a pieno carico: 10,2 m Propulsione 3 caldaie a coppie modello Wagner, 3 assi d'elica (140.000 HP di progetto, 150.170 HP effettivi) Velocità 30.5 nodi Autonomia 17.200 km a 16 nodi Equipaggio 2.100 (103 ufficiali)

    15 in Tirpitz (sister of Bismarck) on trials in 1941 - many pictures on this board. She spent most of the war in Norwegian waters, a threat in being to the Arctic convoys, and was thus under constant British attack. Already badly damaged, RAF Lancasters using 12000 lb 'Tallboy' bombs finished her off at Tromso in November 1944.

    Rare original colour photo of 15 in German battleship Tirpitz in the Norwegian fjords setting typical of her war, August 1943. As a threat in being to the Arctic convoys she was constantly attacked by the British, finally being sunk by RAF Lancasters using 12000 lb 'Tallboy' bombs in November 1944.

    USS Texas BB-53 ,1943

    Battleship Musashi on sea trials, June-July 1942.

    Gneisenau was a German capital ship, alternatively described as a battleship and battlecruiser, of Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine.

    USS Hornet, deck full of B-25s, headed for "30 Seconds Over Tokyo".

    Aerial view of Japanese carrier Ryujo, which was sunk by aircraft from carrier USS Saratoga during the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, 24 Aug 1942. (US National Archives)

    On May 27, 1941, the Bismarck was spotted by a pair of British destroyers and sunk. In total, 2,200 German soldiers were on the ship when it went down and 115 people (1 cat) survived. The surviving cat was a black and white patched cat named Unsinkable Sam (Oscar), who was discovered floating on a board by British troops. He was the only survivor found by the British destroyer HMS Cossack.