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"Hood" and "Bismarck": The Deep-Sea Discovery of an Epic Battle

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    David Mearns(Author) Rob White(Author)

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The meeting of Bismarck and HMS Hood in 1941 ended with the destruction of the two battleships and the loss of 3500 lives. The Bismarck had only been on the seas for six days, and within minutes of the battle had sunk the Hood, which went down in just three-and-a-half minutes. In retaliaton the British sent every available ship and plane to destroy Bismarck. Only nine days after she first set sail she was destroyed. For six years David Mearns and his team at Blue Water Recoveries have been researching the position of HMS Hood. Tieing in to the 60th anniversary of the battle, the book is a mixture of history and adventure and inclues interviews with survivors of both ships. Illustrated throughout with state-of-the-art underwater photography of the wrecks, computer graphics and sonar scans, as well as archive paintings and photographs showing this dramatic battle.

The paperback edition of the bestselling book that chronicles the expedition to find the wreckage of the Hood, obtain new information on the wreck of the Bismarck and reveal the truth about the Second World War's greatest naval battle.

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  • By William Holmes on 24 July 2004

    On May 24, 1941, HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood, pride of the British navy, intercepted the German battleship Bismarck and her escort in the Denmark Strait near Greenland. In just a few moments, Hood was blown up by shell fire from the Bismarck and the Prince of Wales was heavily damaged. Despite the wrenching loss of its flagship, the Royal Navy maintained its dogged pursuit of the Bismarck, fatally damaging and finally sinking her a few days later.The chapters in Hood and Bismarck alternate between an historical description of the two ships and their battle and the assembly of a modern expedition to search for both of them. Bismarck had been located by Dr. Robert Ballard's team in 1989, but the location was kept secret; Hood remained lost in the cold waters of the North Atlantic.The expedition lead by David Mearns successfully relocated the wreck of the Bismarck and then went on to find the shattered remains of the Hood. The description of how the wrecks were found makes very interesting reading, and the evidence gathered by the expedition offers some interesting perspectives on some old questions: why did the Hood explode and sink so quickly, and was the Bismarck scuttled by her crew or sunk by her opponents?I agree with the other reviewers that the book lacks the remarkable artist's conceptions of the "shipwreck as a whole" that are customary in Dr. Ballard's books (in particular, his "The Discovery of the Bismarck", published in 1990). On the whole, however, Hood and Bismarck is very well-researched and written and the analysis and crisp photographs make up for the missing "big picture" paintings. Moreover, the book successfully captures the very human dimension of the struggle between the Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine--the very few survivors of the Hood and the Bismarck play a moving role in the search for these sunken ships and in the laying of memorial plaques on their remains.

  • By G.I.Forbes on 1 October 2010

    This book deals both with the battle between the Hood and the Bismarck and the discovery of their wrecks.The battle which took place on May 24,1941saw the Hood sink within a few minutes with only 3 survivors while the Bismarck was sunk 3 days later after a great chase and as demanded by Churchill.In 2001 both wrecks were found and documentaries were made for Chanel 4.This is a well written and researched account of the last days of these 2 great battleships and what was found when the wrecks were explored.Excellent pictures and illustrations and a short bibliography.

  • By HBH on 25 May 2007

    HMS Hood and the German ship Bismarck fought one of the last battleship clashes ever. In the following decades the Hood was forgotten by many until a group of experts decided to go and look for the wreck. This book deals with the search, but also the history of both ships and the events leading to their legendary clash. It also details the British chase of the Bismarck after the destruction of the Hood. It is very readable, although the changing from history to the present between chapters is perhaps a bit stunting to its flow.

  • By Guest on 10 January 2004

    Based on the channel 4 documentary, this book describes the original events following the Bismarks break out and subsequent pursuit. Historical information is mixed well with the modern day story of the hunt for the wrecks of both ships. The underwater photographs of the wrecks are truely breath taking and help convey the majesty of the ships and the tragedy of their destruction. Although there are much more detailed books regarding these events, this book is an excellent starting point and is highly recommended.

  • By on 15 December 2001

    A must have for anyone interested in the subject.I was very interested in the expeditions findings and this book has probably raised more questions than it answered.Don't expect a book on the lines of Dr Ballards as this books lacks the illustrations and photo coverage of "The discovery of the Bismarck".

  • By John S on 13 December 2016

    Well written and up to date with the information (2015)

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