Der Bismarck: Doomed to Fail? – WW2 Biography Special

The Bismarck is without a doubt a force to be reckoned with. But with the Kriegsmarine experiencing an identity crisis throughout the 1930s, the Bismarcks design and strategic purpose foreshadow a dramatic ending.

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22 thoughts on “Der Bismarck: Doomed to Fail? – WW2 Biography Special

  1. World War Two says:

    The Bismarcks first major journey is one where it goes commerce raiding in the Atlantic, together with the Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen. It turns out to be a dramatic journey, with steep highs and deep lows. It will be covered in next Saturdays weekly episode of World War Two, here on this channel. BUT it is already available for all members of the TimeGhost Army who support us on or Help us make history!
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  2. Flurb Xray says:

    It's "die" Bismark 😀

  3. Ships are weird. They are given names that are considered the same as book titles in a grammatical sense, while also given the feminine (usually) personal pronoun.

  4. rashkavar says:

    Honestly the only battleship worthy of the hype the Bismarck got was the HMS Dreadnought. Not because it was superior – she was by far the inferior – but because when she launched, there was literally nothing that could oppose her.

    She was the first battleship as we think of them today (the first dreadnought, the battleships where the giant guns are such a dominant feature), in a world of ships that were slower and nowhere near as much firepower. And with nothing to fear from the sky (launching a mere 3 years after the Wright Brother's first successful flight), she was all but invincible. Thus the name: dread nought. Fears Nothing.

    Of course, it wasn't long before other navies started building ships on a scale to match the Dreadnought, and she lost her claim to fame of being invincible, or even being the biggest baddest battleship in general…but if Britain had been in a naval war in 1906, the Dreadnought would have earned the reputation we give the Bismarck so freely. And even without having a war on a grand scale to make her name in, we still use her name in a variety of ways.

  5. Matthew Robinson says:

    A ship is ALWAYS "she", not "it". Other than that, great video.

  6. Great video! Could you please do a video about Scharnhorst and the battle of North Cape.

  7. Suan shu Lin ho says:

    It was the greatest and finest ship it was the finest and the most mobil ship which stud 700 rounds of ammunition and few torpedos

  8. … It's "Die Bismarck." I don't know why or what the rule is (the native speakers dilemma :-), but in German ships are female when referred to by name, but neuter when referred to as just "Schiff" or "Boot."

  9. Martin Hirsch says:

    "Die" Bismarck, ships are always female in German

  10. Clive Wedderburn says:

    Who called the The Axis, please? Who coined that name?

  11. Harpo Marx says:

    Raeder is pronounced "raider".

  12. Marina Zagrai says:

    I see there's a debate whether the ship have a feminine or masculine article…well, in history all ships/ planes had feminine connotations, I have a husband, uncle, father who were in the Navy (not US). When the guys are away (at least they used to be until engines were invented and travel got way shorter in the 20 and later 19th centuries). The craft itself has a masculine article while, historically, it should have the feminine. As for the the Bismark, to say it's unsinkable is like saying "good luck" before playing Macbeth…no vessel is unsinkable – there are weaknesses, or potential ones in any vessel.

  13. The mythical might of the Bismarck was pretty much that: a myth.

  14. Jerico Parazo says:

    Sir, I hope you also do a special on Tirpitz. I just learned from a military tech you tuber, Millenium 7 tech, that Bismark's sister ship had a "town house" camouflage scheme.👍

  15. Michael Bertsch says:

    Y'all's team is really good.

  16. “The unsinkable” (tears in half)

  17. Marshall Xeno says:

    I'm proud of you for calling it "Der" (Male) instead of "Die" (Female)

  18. Kremlin is way tougher

  19. I just usually use he on Bismarck

  20. Dexter Jackson says:

    The u.s.s Iowa would have knocked it out of the water

  21. DawnOfTheDead991 says:

    Adm Raeder wanted to impress the Germans with the Bismarck's sortie before Barbarossa kicked off. He should have waited until the Tirpitz was ready and they both could have sortied together.

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