Monday, 26 June 2017

German battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz were to be earlier completed according to the Dutch newspaper Soerabaijsch handelsblad dated 15 December 1939

An item dated Amsterdam, Netherlands 14th referred to sources from Berlin, Germany reporting that Hitler ordered the naval experts to limit the time needed for completing the two 35.000 ton battleships Bismarck (1) and Tirpitz (2) even more.

1. Laid down by BlohmVoss, Hamburg, Germany on 1 July 1935, launched on 14 February 1939, commissioned on 20 August 1940 and sunk in a battle with the Royal British Navy on 27 May 1941. Her displacement was in fact 41.700 (standard)-50.300 (full load) tons.
2. Laid down by Kriegsmarinewerft, Wilhelmshaven, Germany on 2 November 1936, launched on 1 April 1939, commissioned on 25 February 1941 and sunk in an air attack at Tromsø, Norway on 12 November 1944. Her displacement was in fact 42.900 (standard)-52.600 (full load) tons.