sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Battleship Bismarck (book review)

I recall seeing a fantastically illustrated Gutenberg Bible and to me it was elegant. The history of the work was epic, the effort that went into the creation of document and its illustration was magnificent. 

I felt much the same way when I turned the pages of Battleship Bismarck, A Design and Operational History. And while it is not the Gutenberg Bible, it might well be considered to be the Bismarck Bible, meticulously researched, magnificently printed, and glorious in its illustration and in the vast selection of historical photographs which document possibly the most famous battleship in history.

The wreck of the Bismarck was discovered in June 1989, and the forensic examination which ensued is documented in this work. The Authors served as technical consultants to Dr. Robert Ballard, who led three trips to the last resting place of Bismarck, resting upright at a depth of approximately 15,719 ft about 400 miles west of Brest. As such, this comprehensive study of Bismarck, by its very forensic nature, exceeds the works which went before.

This review could focus on the bones of the Bismarck but that would do a disservice to the comprehensive nature of the work produced by William H. Garzke Jr., Robert O. Dulin Jr., and William Jurens with James Cameron. The team of authors actively sought out the surviving crew of Bismarck and sought their input. The passage of time, the extensive body of research into the history of Bismarck and of the British Warships that lived and died in her pursuit come together in this profoundly organized and researched work.

This book, published by the US Naval Institute Press, is on my coffee table in my living room. There are no books next to it. It stands alone in a place of honor.


The Mail, etc.

The Mail

LindaG - I always appreciate your comments

DRJIMAFAIC, we get *NOTHING* of value from having the UN in NYC. And I'm sure that due to the malfeasance of those "diplomats", the cost is actually higher than the $2 billion we give them.....
Certainly the parking ticket count. UN diplomats enjoy diplomatic immunity from prosecution for any and all crimes up to and including murder -- and of course, espionage. They park where they want and when they want. They're cited and throw the tickets in the trash. Whether the parking ticket debt is up to $2 billion is unknown
Old NFO -  We need to kick the UN out of NYC, let them go to one of those third world countries they love so much. Re the Iranian base, apparently there is already a 'pool' at a certain airbase in Israel on who is going to get to fly that mission... LOL China is disintegrating from within, whether they acknowledge it or not. The 'little people' have had a taste of capitalism, and they LIKE it.
I spend quite a bit of time on the phone with people in China and you're spot on. They are not panicking yet, but they are very concerned. 10 on a 10 scale concerned. And while they could have stuffed the genie back in the bottle months ago, it's out now and they know it. They waited around hoping that 'freedom would grow old' for the people of Hong Kong and it didn't. Unlike the rest of mainland China, Hong Kong was free until 1997, and even after that enjoyed much more freedom than the rest of China does. The Chicoms worry that this freedom disease will spread. They blame the CIA, but freedom has a perfume all its own.
Jim -  I wouldn't fold up and throw away a perfectly good UN flag. Cut it into pieces and use it as rags.

WSF adds - Makes good bore patches.
And great wadding for muzzle loading weapons
Ed -  Naturally, the Israelis will wait until the Iranians are finished building the base before they blow it up. Israel watches Iran take over Syria and Lebanon on it's borders and knows it is already at war.
Barack always favored Iran. There was a warm place in his hart for the Imam. Valerie Jarrett stoked the fires of love for the Persian Empire. And things changed because President Trump honors the US relationship with Israel and has no use for the scum who run the Iranian "theocracy".
PS Ed - The downside of living in the precise middle of nowhere is the annoying paucity of bandwidth.  
Kle - Admittedly, all those "diplomats" probably spend a lot of money in NYC, but it probably mostly goes to the underworld for goods and services they require.
Yes, maybe. We give them US$2 billion and they party with it in NYC?

Fredd said - The Donald is playing hard ball, and the Chinese don't like it, after taking the US for chumps for 40 + years (since Ping Pong diplomacy with reclusive China initiated by Richard Nixon R-Ca).

Just wait until China runs out of money to build artificial islands, ICBMs and crappy air craft carriers that barely float. I wonder what kind of hissy fit the Chinese will throw when that inevitably happens under The Donald's heavy handed diplomacy?
Sources state that the Chinese have stopped expanding the islands. I expect that their budget crunch is telling. They are hoping some fool like Beto, Castro, or Bernie is elected and we become fellow communists.
LSP - 2 billion? We could put that money towards the WALL. And I don't know why but the UN reminds me of the EU. Maybe both will move to San Francisco.
Yes, we could build a lot of big, beautiful wall for $2 billion. And big, beautiful detention camps for illegal aliens. The EU is packed with illuminati from Old Europe and the UN is packed full of people living on the American dime from S-Hole countries. Frankly I don't know which is worse, but they'd be right at home in San Francisco. You have to dodge piles of poop on the street in Freetown or Calcutta just like you do in San Francisco.


Walmart

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