• Short Summary

    Last pictures of Bismark just before sinking, great shots of sailors celebrating.

  • Description

    Title reads: "After the Bismarck".

    High angled shot of the bows of a battleship as they plough through a heavy sea. C/U of Vice Admiral Somerville in the map room on board HMS Renown.

    L/S of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. Camera pans with several Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber aeroplanes as they take off from Ark Royal each carrying a torpedo. Pan with three Swordfish as they fly past Ark Royal. C/U of hand of a Morse signaller. M/S of the three Swordfish flying over camera. C/U of a signal lamp

    L/S of explosions at sea. L/S of the Bismarck with guns firing. Narrator explains these are last pictures before the ship sank. Various shots of German survivors coming aboard a British ship from a Red Cross launch, the wounded being carried by British Medical Officers.

    L/S of battleship. Various shots of sailor cleaning ship's gun, he has an HMS Norfolk hat on. L/S of HMS Rodney. C/U of nameplate "Rodney". Various C/Us officers and men talking with pride about the battle. Good variety of accents - officers are very plummy and posh, sailors have West Country accents. M/S of the plaque Bismarck being placed above other names of battles in which the ship has taken part.

    Various shots other battleships in Royal Navy fleet: King George V, Prince of Wales, Ramilles, Sheffield, Cossack and Dorsetshire.

    C/U group of cheery sailors giving thumbs up. C/U of Admiral Somerville. M/S of Admiral inspecting sailors on deck. High angled shot of sailors cheering on deck. C/U of sailor drinking a pint of beer. C/U of ensign flag.

    Note: alternative spelling - Bismarck.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:57:00 / 01:07:42:00

Comments (1)

  1. terrybicker68 says


    What a great resource.....just recently found out my grandad was on the Rodney (WW2) and am trying to get his service record to establish more detail.

    Any user here can help with lists/details of servicemen on the Rodney would be fantastic

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