Diary for Tuesday, May 27, 1941:
Atlantic: BISMARCK SUNK. Damaged German battleship Bismarck fights hopeless battle against British battleships King George V and Rodney and is finally torpedoed and sunk by cruiser Dorsetshire, with loss of 2,200 lives.
Rommel recaptures Halfaya Pass.
Britain: Churchill declares, in broadcast, that American aid will help Britain to pass through ‘long, stern, scowling valley of war, to victory’.
Germany: Walther Hewel, liaison officer at Hitler’s HQ, notes in diary: ‘Bismarck sunk … Fuehrer melancholy beyond words.’
USA: Roosevelt proclaims national emergency; to place country on war footing.