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History of the battlecruiser HMS Hood. Battlecruiser website dedicated to the history of HMS Hood from launch to participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Hood.

HMS Hood. Built at Clydebank and launched on the 22nd August 1918. The pride of the Royal Navy. In the autumn of 1939 she operated in the North Sea, and it was here she was attacked by JU88,s and one bomb hit HMS Hood, but it failed to explode and only caused minor damage. HMS Hood took part in the bombardment of Mers-el-Kibir on the 3rd July 1940. In company with HMS Prince of Wales, HMS Hood engaged the German Battleship Bismarck and the Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Straits, 24th May 1941. HMS Hood received several heavy hits and blew up and sank quickly, only 3 of her crew survived.

Displacement 42,100 tons, and after modifications, up to 49,140 tons. Speed 31knots, and after modifications 28 knots. Main armament 8 15inch Guns, secondary armament of 12 x 5.5 inch guns

HMS Hood, July 1935.

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HMS Hood, May 1937.

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HMS Hood, 1940.

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HMS Hood, May 1935.

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HMS Hood.

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HMS Hood, 1930.

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HMS Hood, May 1935.

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HMS Hood, 1930.

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HMS Hood, 1930.

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HMS Hood, June 1931.

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HMS Hood, July 1931.

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HMS Hood, July 1931.

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HMS Hood, 1931.

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HMS Hood, March 1920.

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HMS Hood, 1925.

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HMS Hood, c1940.

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HMS Hood, c1940.

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HMS Hood Wireless Staff.

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Part of the Crew of HMS Hood circa 1930.

HMS Hood's Athletic Party, Rio de Janeiro, September 3rd 1922.

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Close up from crew photo opposite, showing the grandfather of the contributor.

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HMS Hood.  photo submitted by John Faulkner

HMS Hood.  photo submitted by John Faulkner

Crew members of HMS Hood.

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HMS Hood pictured c.1930s

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The Ward Room of HMS Hood, C.1931

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The Chapel on HMS Hood.

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HMS Hood and HMS Renown at Gibraltar, illuminated for the wedding of the Duke of Gloucester on 6th November 1935.    ©Lesley Warwick

HMS Hood's main and secondary armament 1920s.

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HMS Hood.  Sent in by Peter Hadwin

HMS Hood.

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ROBERT KING..   Does anyone have any information on my great uncle Robert King who served on the HMS Hood? I would be grateful to hear from anyone that does.  Contact Here

FREDERICK ARTHUR SNELL.. Does anyone remember Fred during the time that he served in the Royal Navy?  Contact Here 

GRAHAM HEAD I was told when I was a young lad that I had a Great,Great Uncle (Graham Head) who served and died on HMS Hood. I would very much welcome any information anyone has on my Great, Great Uncle Graham. Please email here Graham Head

CHARLES A McMULLEN:  My Uncle ( from Coatbridge, Nr Glasgow ) served on HMS Hood and then HMS Barham as a 1st Class Stoker and was killed when she was sunk. I am looking for any information on him especially from any Naval personnel who knew him. Contact Charles McMullen at charles.mcmullen@ntlworld.com 

ALBERT INGRAM / ALBERT SUMMERS..   Please can anyone help with information on Albert rosalind.salmons@btopenworld.com

WILLIAM EDWARD REAY.  P.O on HMS Hood, trying to contact any relatives, pleases contact me Maureen Boulton nee Reay at stumau@ntlworld.com 

DONALD BOAKES:  My grandfather served on HMS Hood during the 1930's I have very little information about him, he also served on HMS Juno and HMS Sheffield during WW2. Any information would be helpful please contact  me at rich.warick@tesco.net 

Trying to trace one of the survivors of HMS Hood, the name is Edward or Sidney Budd or Middleton can you help.   Michael Hendley.   hendley.mlb@lineone.net 

 
Without a doubt, the most famous Naval surface action of World War II saw the pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, versus the terror of the German Kriegsmarine, KMS Bismarck.  Action commenced at 0552 1/2 hours, as Hood's two forward turrets fired the first salvoes.  Half a minute later, Prince of Wales forward turrets followed suit.  Though it was at its extreme range, it is possible that Hood was attempting to use her Type 284 gunnery radar to direct her bombardment (this is subject to debate though). Prince of Wales, her Type 284 malfunctioning (attempts were made to use it, but it was believed to be defective), was forced to shoot optically.  This too is a source of debate.  Hood's first salvo fell near Prinz Eugen but did not actually hit.  Prince of Wales's opening salvo was observed to be some distance away from Bismarck.  The Germans were shocked to learn that the approaching vessels were not cruisers - they were in fact major combatants - a King George V class battleship (which they assumed was KGV herself, as Prince of Wales was thought to still be working up) and even worse, the famed and feared battle cruise HMS Hood (apparently the men aboard Bismarck knew it was Hood before the crew of Prinz Eugen).  Her legend and reputation were great and she was well respected in the Kriegsmarine.  This is backed up by the statements of Bismarck crew who were later quoted as saying that Hood, in particular, was the 'terror of their war games'.  In comparison, Hood was well built for her day (1920), but by 1941 was nonetheless an aged battle cruiser.  She had adequate protection in some key areas, but not all.  Because of her machinery, she was filled with large, somewhat open spaces.  Though her speed had been reduced over the years, at 29 knots, she was still fast for her size.  Her guns were deadly, but she suffered from out dated gunnery systems.  She did boast advanced radar, but her crew had hardly enough time to become proficient in its use.  Simply put, in a one on one fight, Bismarck could absorb more damage while firing faster and more accurately than Hood.  Bismarck could take AND give more in battle.  Each ship had the ability to sink or severely damage the other, but the advantage clearly was with Bismarck.  This is not totally a negative reflection on Hood, but simply an observance that Bismarck was 20 years more modern than Hood.  Bismarck's design reflected all that had been learned between the times the two ships were built.