Skip to comments.Battlecruiser HMS Hood: A ‘Battleship’ With Little Armor ?
Posted on 04/14/2021 10:09:07 AM PDT by Onthebrink
HMS Hood took several direct hits – the first of which were from the Prinz Eugen and then additional hits from Bismarck – with some shells landing near her ammunition magazines, which quickly exploded. Despite the prestige, The Mighty Hood was soon lost. Of the crew of 1,415 sailors, only three survived.
The loss of the Hood was taken hard by the Royal Navy, which began a pursuit of Bismarck. The German battleship had been damaged in the fight and tried to make for the coast of occupied France. Three days later, the pride of the German Kriegsmarine was hunted down and hit multiple times by torpedo aircraft, incapacitating the battleship, which was sunk by a ring of British warships. A total of 2,200 German sailors were lost, while just 111 were rescued.
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Hood was a battle cruiser. She should have never been put anywhere near a real battleship. It was practically criminal that she was.
If you are interested in naval ships and battles and stuff like that I highly recommend a youtuber named Drachinifel. He’s covered the Hood extensively. And he doesn’t inundate you with clickbait.
This site is a joke and is probably getting its stuff from Drachinifel.
In other words, about average for '19FortyFive'.
Good song way back called, “Got to sink the Bismarck” or some such.
... the battleship, which was sunk by a ring of British warships.
“HMS Hood took several direct hits – the first of which were from the Prinz Eugen . . . “
As best I know, the Hood had 15 inch guns, and the best the Prinz Eugen had was 8 inch guns - how did they let the German cruiser get within firing range?
Large numbers of casualties came fast in those naval battles.
"We didn't sink the Bismarck,
No matter what they say.
For when we saw the German ship,
We sailed the other way."
The Prinz Eugen had new, high velocity guns that would have longer range than Hood’s guns.
The US built two battlecruisers, the Alaska and the Guam. They were originally designed not to take on battleships but to hunt down cruisers and "pocket battleships" that the Germans were building. However, by the time they were launched, most of the enemy's cruisers were gone, so they were used mostly for shore bombardment and escort duty.
And the Prinz Eugen not only survived WW2 but two atomic bomb tests.
HMS Indefatigable, Queen Mary and Princess Royal all blew up after having magazines hit by German shellfire. Hood was laid out on the same principles and was a detonation waiting to happen.
Bismark's gunnery was magnificent having straddled Hood with her second salvo, and then killing Hood with the next.
HMS Hood has 12 inches of main belt armor which was comparable to the Queen Elizabeth class of battleship. The previous battlecruiser class the Renown had a maximum belt armor of 6 inches. Some would classify HMS Hood as fast battleship. There are many theories why Hood exploded. The most current popular one is a 15 inch shell from Bismarck penetrated the deck armor igniting magazines.
Is Drachinifel only up on Atlantic naval battles. My Great Uncle was killed on the USS Boise during the Battle of Cape Esperance on 11 Oct, 1942. I would like to know how that battle proceeded ad what
Sink the Bismark by Johnny Horton.
***A total of 2,200 German sailors were lost, while just 111 were rescued.***
When the British navy stopped to pick up survivors it was reported a periscope had been seen. Believing it may have been German the British left the scene and the Germans in the water died of cold.
So are the rules of war.
He’s been doing a series on the Pacific battles and did several videos on the Guadalcanal sea battles and I think Cape Esperance is one of them.
He’s pretty much mined out the Atlantic and the majority of naval activity in WWII was in the Pacific. He had to get to it eventually.
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