GOOGLE Maps is an incredible tool for discovering historical sites around the world from the comfort of your home.
Military history enthusiasts have even used it to find the famous Bismarck wreck site. But what was the Bismarck and where can you find it?
What was the Bismarck?
The Bismarck was a battleship in Nazi Germany’s “Kriegsmarine” or Navy.
She was named after German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck and, along with sister ship Tirpiz, was one of the largest battleships ever built by the Germans.
The standard crew consisted of 1,962 enlisted men and 103 officers.
On June 8, 1989, the wreck of the Bismarck was discovered by Robert Ballard, an American oceanographer in charge of finding the Titanic.
How to find the Bismarck wreck on Google Maps
Google Maps is an incredible resource, especially if you use some of the best tips and tricks we’ve rounded up.
Thanks in part to Ballard’s discovery, it’s possible to use satellite technology to see the point on the map where the wreck of the Bismarck currently rests.
If you open Google Maps and enter the coordinates: 48°10′N 16°12′W, you will be guided to where the huge ship lies on the seabed.
Unfortunately, since the ship rests over 15,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, you won’t be able to see the ship itself.
Who sank the Bismarck?
The Bismarck was used by the Germans during World War II but was sunk by a combination of torpedo hits, shelling and the ship’s crew scuttling.
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On May 27, 1941, during a skirmish with two British battlecruisers and two heavy cruisers, she suffered severe battle damage and significant loss of life.
But the ship wasn’t actually sunk by the British.
To prevent the ship from being boarded, it was “sunk” by the Germans themselves – or sunk on purpose.
It is believed that the ship would have eventually sunk due to battle damage.
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