The Second World War: sinking the Tirpitz

In November 1944 there was rejoicing after the RAF finally destroyed the Nazi warship 'Tirpitz'. But, asks Patrick Bishop, was the five-year campaign against the vessel really the best use of Allied resources?

'Tirpitz' hiding in a Norwegian fjord in 1942. “She outclassed anything in the British fleet,” says Patrick Bishop. (Getty Images) 

This article was first published in the March 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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