Named after the former German Chancellor, Bismarck, commissioned on 24 August 1940, was one of the largest battleships ever built by any European power. At the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Bismarck sunk the British battlecruiser HMS Hood. As a result, the Allies sent various navy and air forces in pursuit of Bismarck, initiating a chase lasting more than two days.
On 26 May 1941, Bismarck’s steering gear was incapacitated by a torpedo attack and she was sunk in the following battle. 2,200 German seamen lost their lives and 110 were taken as prisoners of war.