Has anyone cheered, "Rescue the Bismarck!" instead of sinking it? Günther Lütjens last radio message about fighting to the last shell indicates they didn't have any hope of being rescued. According to his Wikipedia biography, it says a few days before, he could've requested several U-boats to attack the cruisers shadowing him. But they weren't summoned. Why? Was it because the Germans still didn't know what they were up against? It seems the point of doom was when her rudder got jammed on the night before she sank. How far were the nearest U-boats at that time? "[such] a large concentration of ships was a very attractive set of targets" Did the Luftwaffe or Kriegsmarine have any torpedo or dive bombers that could travel 470 miles from bases in Brest? If they couldn't rescue her, why not avenge her? Apparently, there was one U-boat (U-74) that was at the final battle. It says, the captain "tried to maneuver into an attack position, but the weather was too bad and the seas too high to remain at periscope depth or to fire a torpedo." Was that reality or was it a lack of effort? I'm just trying erase my impression that not much effort was done to save Bismarck. Who wouldn't feel terrible about abandoning their buddies to their fate.