May 27, 1941 - The German battleship Bismarck is sunk in the Atlantic by the Royal Navy.
- One of the largest battleships ever commissioned (the largest at the time), The Bismarck weighed almost 50,000 tons and was over 820 feet long. After playing a major role in the sinking the pride of the Royal Navy, the HMS Hood, the Bismarck was made a priority for the Royal Navy and Winston Churchill. Her engagement with the HMS Hood in the Battle of Denmark Strait would ultimately be her only success. Once she was hunted and spotted by the Royal Navy, she was sunk, though the actual reason for her sinking remains a bit of a mystery.
Many thought she was just so shot up by bombs and torpedoes that she just sank but upon closer inspection when its wreckage was discovered by National Geographic explorer Robert Ballard, the torpedo damage had not affected the inner most parts of the ship that would’ve caused it to sink like a normal ship. It is believe that the destruction of the Bismarck can be attributed to not only the terrible bombardment it took from the Royal Navy but also its poor design that left it structurally unsound.