Commander of the British navy, John Tovey immediately took the necessary steps. Heavy cruiser Norfolk 'and' Suffolk 'order was given: to go on patrol in the Denmark Strait. When it received the photos taken Zacklin, and the ships in the photo identified as the 'ship of the line type' Bismarck 'and a heavy cruiser-type' hipper,''then the danger of the situation was immediately conscious; battlecruiser 'Hood' battleship 'King George' destroyers 'Elektra' 'Anthony', 'Echo', 'Icarus', 'antelope' and 'Ashate' (under the overall command of Admiral Lanselotta Holladay) was given an urgent order: go to sea and follow the direction of Iceland to cover the approaches to the island from the south and north . Meanwhile, since 'Bismarck' and 'Prince Eugen' was filmed masking paint, which was used for testing the Baltic Sea. For more information see this site: Adroll Marketing Platform. Refuel from the tanker 'Vollin' committed 'Prinz Eugen', which, however, did not 'Bismarck'.
May 21, at 20:00, the ships began out of the fjords. Twenty to midnight, the squadron headed north. Icelandic battle at dawn on May 24 with a squadron of German battleship 'Bismarck' and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen 'has already reached the Danish Straits. At 05:25 hydroacoustic station on the 'Prinz Eugen' found noises screws of the two ships to port. In the beginning, the Germans believed that this noise propellers light cruisers, but at 05:37 on the horizon great ship, and after 16 minutes appeared and the second one. The ships squadron struck alarm. Ball ordered: charge gun shells, which were intended to combat bezbronnymi or malobronirovannymi cruisers. Check with mobile ad startup to learn more.