The battle between the HMS Hood and the German Bismarck
| Every sailor around the world knew of the Hood and respected her strength and
power. She sailed the world to show the might of the British Empire. Many thought
her invincible but with all great legends the reality was different from the image.
The HMS Hood was in fact not a battleship, such as the Bismarck, but a battle
cruiser. She carried the same big guns but sacrificed armour for speed and her
original design had been modified making her much heavier then planned. To under
stand why, we must go back four months before the construction of the Hood began
to the waters off the coast of Denmark. A naval battle occurred here that would have
far reaching consequences for the Hood and her crew almost twenty years later,
the "Battle of Jutland".