Sink the Bismarck! by C.S. Forester
Hitler sends out the Bismarck, the fastest battleship afloat. Its mission is to cut the lifeline of British shipping and win the war. When it breaks out into the Atlantic the Royal Navy must track it down and stop it before it is too late.
This is an approximation of what happened with the Bismarck. The conversations and speeches are what the author imagines they would have been. And the little disclaimer in the front says some of the characters never actually existed even if people very much like them did. It’s only a short story but Forester manages to pack it full of suspense and tension. Even though the outcome is already known. There is a lot of people looking at maps and pointing while saying ‘THERE’. It is probably more dramatic in the movie when you can see them slam their finger down on the map but the effect isn’t that great in the book. It is just a little piece of history but full of heroism and action and strategy. It won’t take you long to read and you will not want to put it down until you finish. Forester knows how to tell a good story and how to write compelling characters and it will keep you riveted until the very end.