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The saltwater would have damaged the turbine blades and thus greatly reduced the ship's speed. Most British forces were not close enough to stop her. The inexperienced aviators nearly attacked Norfolk and the U. The ships handled poorly at low speeds or when traveling astern. The ship reached Kiel the following day, where her crew stocked ammunition, fuel, and other supplies and applied a coat of dazzle paint to camouflage her.

The saltwater would have damaged

For the last few minutes of the turn to port, Bismarck was out of range of Suffolk's radar. Bismarck's sister ship Tirpitz rapidly approached completion. Once in the safety of the open ocean, the battleship would be almost impossible to track down, all the while wreaking havoc on Allied convoys to Britain. The last three divisions were the engine room personnel.

Intended to boost morale, the messages only highlighted the desperate situation in which the crew found itself. The cruiser laid a smoke screen and fled into a fog bank, ending the brief engagement.

The tests proved she was a very stable gun platform. The seventh division consisted of specialists, including cooks and carpenters, and the eighth division consisted of ammunition handlers. At that point, he would turn south to put his ships parallel to his target. The ships were forced to zigzag to avoid ice floes. The first struck her in the forecastle above the waterline but low enough to allow the crashing waves to enter the hull.

When attempting to steer the ship solely through altering propeller revolutions, the crew learned that Bismarck could be kept on course only with great difficulty. Go over the battle of the Denmark Strait and the destruction of the Mighty Hood.

He returned to Sweden with a detailed description of the ship, which was subsequently leaked to Britain by pro-British elements in the Swedish Navy. While attempting to steer the ship solely through altering propeller revolutions, the crew learned that Bismarck could be kept on course only with great difficulty. Two hours later, the pair had reached a point north of Iceland. Guns malfunctioned on the recently commissioned British ship, which still had civilian technicians aboard.

The third shell hit from Prince of Wales had damaged the steam line on the aircraft catapult, rendering it inoperative. It was decided that four twin turrets would provide the best solution to distribution of the main battery, as it would provide equal firepower forward and aft, as well as simplify fire control. This required the ships to steam for ten minutes to port, then ten minutes to starboard, to keep the ships on the same base course. The action diverted British attention and permitted Prinz Eugen to slip away. He managed to fire three salvos before a shell destroyed the gun director, disabling his equipment.

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