HMS Hood coming into the harbour at Malta mid 1938. (coloured by Colin Rowe)

HMS Hood coming into the harbour at Malta mid 1938. (coloured by Colin Rowe)

A and B turrets, HMS Hood 1940 HMS Hood’s forward 15" turrets, with a 4" gun’s crew under training in the foreground. The leading seaman, (noted) standing on the extreme left, behind the man with the 4" projectile, is leading seaman W Dowdell, who lost his life on 24 May 1941 along with 1414 other members of the ship’s company, there being just three survivors when the ship was sunk in action by the German battleship Bismarck.
Colourised by Royston Leonard

A and B turrets, HMS Hood 1940 HMS Hood’s forward 15" turrets, with a 4" gun’s crew under training in the foreground. The leading seaman, (noted) standing on the extreme left, behind the man with the 4" projectile, is leading seaman W Dowdell, who lost his life on 24 May 1941 along with 1414 other members of the ship’s company, there being just three survivors when the ship was sunk in action by the German battleship Bismarck.
Colourised by Royston Leonard

HMS Hood, 1926.  The largest battlecruiser ever built, she famously confirmed the fundamental flaw in the concept when she came up against the modern German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, being fatally vulnerable to heavy calibre plunging fire.  There were only 3 survivors.

HMS Hood, 1926. The largest battlecruiser ever built, she famously confirmed the fundamental flaw in the concept when she came up against the modern German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, being fatally vulnerable to heavy calibre plunging fire. There were only 3 survivors.

HMS Hood - 15 Inch Shells being loaded "on deck" - Royal Navy (Malta)

HMS Hood - 15 Inch Shells being loaded "on deck" - Royal Navy (Malta)

HMS Hood in New Zealand in 1924, at the time the largest warship afloat. Here we can see her forward 15 inch naval guns, and her armoured front conning tower.

HMS Hood in New Zealand in 1924, at the time the largest warship afloat. Here we can see her forward 15 inch naval guns, and her armoured front conning tower.

HMS Hood sunk by KMS Bismarck on May 24, 1941 at the Battle of the Denmark Strait. 3 survivors.

HMS Hood sunk by KMS Bismarck on May 24, 1941 at the Battle of the Denmark Strait. 3 survivors.

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. She was the only one of the Admiral-class battl

HMS Hood, the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy. She was the only one of the Admiral-class battl

The HMS Hood launched in 1918 was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy; she was the only one built from several units that had been planned.

The HMS Hood launched in 1918 was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy; she was the only one built from several units that had been planned.

Colourised photo of HMS Hood during the 1924 world cruise

En La Marina, Buques De La Armada, Azul Marino, Acorazado, Capuchas, Fotos De, Barcos, Modelo, Guerra

Almirante Graf Spee en la coronación 1937 de Rey Jorge VI, con Capucha HMS y un acorazado de clase de R

Almirante Graf Spee en la coronación 1937 de Rey Jorge VI, con Capucha HMS y un acorazado de clase de R

HMS Hood (51) - incrociatore da battaglia della classe Admiral Entrata in servizio	15 maggio 1920 Caratteristiche generali Dislocamento	Pieno carico 1918: 45.925 t 1940: 49.136 t Lunghezza 262,3 m Larghezza	31,7 m Pescaggio	10,1 m Propulsione	25 caldaie a petrolio Yarrow, 4 gruppi turboriduttori Brown-Curtiss, 4 assi eliche, Velocità	1920: 31 nodi (57 km/h) 1941: 29 nodi (54 km/h) Autonomia	1931: 5.332 mn a 20 nodi (10.000 km a 37 km/h) Equipaggio	1921: 1.169 1941: 1.418

HMS Hood (51) - incrociatore da battaglia della classe Admiral Entrata in servizio 15 maggio 1920 Caratteristiche generali Dislocamento Pieno carico 1918: 45.925 t 1940: 49.136 t Lunghezza 262,3 m Larghezza 31,7 m Pescaggio 10,1 m Propulsione 25 caldaie a petrolio Yarrow, 4 gruppi turboriduttori Brown-Curtiss, 4 assi eliche, Velocità 1920: 31 nodi (57 km/h) 1941: 29 nodi (54 km/h) Autonomia 1931: 5.332 mn a 20 nodi (10.000 km a 37 km/h) Equipaggio 1921: 1.169 1941: 1.418

Iconic 15 in battlecruiser HMS Hood at 30 knots between the wars: she was in build when the concept was badly discredited at Jutland in 1916 (3 lost to catastrophic magazine explosions): no more were laid down subsequently. Though extra armour was worked into her she was not fit to face a modern battleship - which was what she encountered in Bismarck in May 1941.

Iconic 15 in battlecruiser HMS Hood at 30 knots between the wars: she was in build when the concept was badly discredited at Jutland in 1916 (3 lost to catastrophic magazine explosions): no more were laid down subsequently. Though extra armour was worked into her she was not fit to face a modern battleship - which was what she encountered in Bismarck in May 1941.

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