It was assumed that the observed vehicles – heavy cruisers. In fact, to meet the German fleet approached the British fleet of flagships – battlecruiser "Hood" and the battleship Prince of Wales' most powerful ships of the world since the Second World War ii. Ships were going at a speed of 28 knots heading 280 degrees. The action moved to the cruel sea battle. It was inevitable at 05:52 'Hood', being at a distance of 125 cables from the German squadron, suddenly fired a volley from the main caliber of the nasal towers 'Prinz Eugen'. Immediately after this fire chief fire at the 'Bismarck' discovered 'the Prince of Wales'. Projectiles fired from 'Hood' had fallen into the water before the board 'Prince Eugen' shells with the 'Prince of Wales' in air divided along two lines: two German battleship flew and fell into the sea, the two went to the stern. After the first salvo in the British battleship suddenly went down bow first tower of the main fire.
The second salvo 'Prince of Wales' was also inconclusive. A German guns still silent After Lyutens relinquished command of the telegram which started in the Denmark Strait battle, the commander of the artillery 'Bismarck' Lieutenant-Commander Adalbert Schneider asked for an order to open fire without waiting for instructions from Captain Lindemann. When the distance between the opponents had been reduced to 11 miles, and the Germans knew that before them the British battleships, the 'Bismarck' sounded the command: 'Tower of Dora (D) – Fire! ".