Following the successes in the Atlantic achieved by the U-boat arm of the Kreigsmarine during the winter of 1940 - 41, the German Naval high command began to formulate plans for a much more ambitious and daring operation.
The plan was to send a powerful battle group comprising the newly commissioned Battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz accompanied by the heavy battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau into the
The operation however began to fall apart almost from the outset as Scharnhorst was forced to undergo major machinery repairs and Gneisenau was seriously damaged by RAF torpedo and bomber strikes. The Tirpitz was then scratched from the operation as she had not yet completed her sea trials.
As a result the German force was greatly reduced to Bismarck and the newly commissioned cruiser Prinz Eugen. The Commander in Chief of the Kreigsmarine Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, believed it imperative to keep pressure on the hard pressed British supply convoys and decided to go forward with the revised operation.
What transpired instead of commerce raiding was the
My question is, What if the Germans were capable of launching their original operation, would they have succeeded in destroying the British convoy system for the year 1941?
BISMARCK vs HOOD