The continuing story one of the greatest navel battles of World War II.
| On May 31st, 1916, a navel battle occurred off the coast of Denmark that would
become known simply as "The Battle of Jutland". It was the only major sea battle
between British and German forces of World War I but the loss of life was appalling.
When the smoke had cleared, the German fleet had lost eleven ships and over
twenty-five hundred men while the British lost fourteen ships and over
six-thousand sailors, all within an twenty-four hour period. The British commander
Admiral Betty was to remark, "There seems to be something wrong with our
bloody ships today.....". An understatement if there ever was one. Three of the
British ships were battlecruisers and were destroyed from German plunging fire.
The shells would strike the decks of these ships and plunge deep into the
magazines where they would detonate and cause massive explosions. It was for this
reason that five-thousand tons of armour was added to the Hood causing her to
sit substantially lower in the water and increasing her draught. The very advantage
the Hood had in her original design, her speed, was now taken away with the addition
of this additional armour. The Hood was a grossly overweight ship with a highly
stressed structure. It was made even worse during wartime when she was force to
carry additional wartime loads. Upon meeting the Bismarck she was already at a
(to be continued)