Bismarck Sinks HMS Hood

Bismarck - Germany's fantastic new battleship - was heading for the Atlantic, via the Baltic, since her officers thought that would be a safer route of travel. 

Expecting that the Bismarck would try to break out into the Atlantic, where she could do serious damage to the Allied war efforts, the British Home Fleet dispatched ships to stop her.

On the 24th of May, 1941, HMS Hood (a British battle cruiser - the pride of the Royal Navy) and HMS Prince of Wales (a British battleship) encountered the Bismarck in the Denmark Strait (also called Greenland Strait, located southwest of Iceland).  The British opened fire.

Less than ten minutes after the opening salvo of the Battle of Denmark Strait, a Bismarck shell struck the Hood near the battle cruiser's aft ammo magazines. A terrific explosion ensued, and the Hood sank in about three minutes.  Everyone on board died except for three crew members.

At the time she sank, Hood was situated east of Greenland and southwest of Iceland.


Also damaged, the Prince of Wales ceased the engagement with the German ships.  They did not pursue her (although, had she not turned away, the Prince of Wales may have been struck by an about-to-be-fired torpedo from Prinz Eugen).

Media Credits

Clip from "Dogfights: Hunt for the Bismarck" - online, courtesy the History Channel via YouTube.  Copyright, History Channel, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for education purposes.


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