In September 1940, the Hood spent the winter of 1940-41 patroling the northern waters around Iceland and watching over any attempted break out by German Navy's largest ships. But in May 1941 battleships Bismarck and Prince Eugen managed to get through the patrols. The Hood and the brand new battleship the "Prince of Wales"were dispatched to intercept and destroy the German ships before they could wreak havoc on the British convoy routes.
On May 24th, The Bismarck was spotted. The Hood opened fire at 05:52 at a range of 25,000 yards. The Bismarck at once replied and on her third salvo, she hit the Hood close to the main mast, setting her on fire. At 05:55 the British ship began to turn broadside onto the Germans to enable all guns to open fire. As they did so Bismarck fifth salvo struck Hood with devastating force. A thousand foot high explosion tore her apart and she split in two sinking in less than two minutes. There were only three survivors from her crew of 1,415.
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