HMS Hood

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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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Part of the Crew of HMS Hood circa 1930.

HMS Hood, Strait of Gibraltar, early 1930's.

Photo taken by father in law of contributor, from a Spanish Dornier Wal Seaplane.  Many thanks to Jose Vento.

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

Image not available for reproduction.  Contributed by Steve Whelan.

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

Image not available for reproduction.  Contributed by Steve Whelan.

HMS Hood.

HMS Hood.

HMS Hood pictured c.1930s

HMS Hood 

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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.

HMS Hood's main and secondary armament 1920s.

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HMS Hood. 

HMS Hood.

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