Commander Eric Ernest Campbell Tufnell RN, British (1888-1978) Watercolor 10 x 14.5in (25 x 37cm); frame 18.5 x 23in (46 x 59cm)

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Commander Eric Ernest Campbell Tufnell RN, British (1888-1978)
Watercolor 10 x 14.5in (25 x 37cm); frame 18.5 x 23in (46 x 59cm)

Sold for US$ 687 inc. premium
Commander Eric Ernest Campbell Tufnell RN, British (1888-1978)
Watercolor on paper, titled lower left "Sinking of 'Bismarck' 27 May 1940 10.00" [hours], and signed lower right, the picture showing the stricken Bismarck in the background with shells landing all around, and fires aboard, the ships in the foreground probably the Rodney and the Dorsetshire. In window mount, framed.

The chase and the sinking of the German pocket battleship Bismarck was an important action in the naval engagements of the war. Despite being chased and harried from Norway up to Greenland and out into the Atlantic, the combined British Navy forces were only able to disable the Bismarck by two torpedo hits on the 26th May 1940 out in the channel approaches. One hit her steering mechanism, allowing the British Navy to close in. Throughout the morning of 27th May barrages of shells rained in on the stricken vessel, some 2,800 shells were fired with more than 400 hits, but still she would not sink, and it was the German scuttling charges that finally sunk the vessel at 10.40am.
Watercolor 10 x 14.5in (25 x 37cm); frame 18.5 x 23in (46 x 59cm)
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