Hunting the Tirpitz off Norway
9th March 1942: Sister ship to the Bismarck narrowly escapes the torpedo bombers of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
In early 1942 British intelligence realised that the Tirpitz had become operational and, based in Norway, would pose a threat to Arctic Convoys supplying Russia or could possibly even break out into the Atlantic, as her sister ship the Bismarck had done, and threaten Transatlantic convoys.
The destruction or even crippling of this ship is the greatest event at sea at the present time. No other target is comparable to it.
Winston Churchill, 25th January 1942
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