"Bismarck receiving first torpedo": Rare photos chronicle race to sink the pride of Hitler"s fleet

'Bismarck receiving first torpedo': Rare photos chronicle race to sink the pride of Hitler's fleet in 1941 Photo archive unearthed after 71 yearsOne image taken from reconnaissance aircraft records moment the enemy battleship was first sighted off GreenlandBismarck had sunk HMS Hood days earlier, killing 1,415 menSwordfish bi-planes and crew are seen on standby on deck of aircraft carrier HMS VictoriousPhotos – made into picture postcards – given to carrier crew as souvenirs | UPDATED: 01:44 GMT, 13 December 2012 It was more than just a dark plume of smoke on the horizon – for this was the moment that marked the turning point of World War Two, and the end of a great German battleship's reign of terror. Just days earlier, in 1941, the Bismarck had sunk HMS Hood during the Battle of the Denmark Strait.