About | Volunteer | Support
History Project Facebook
History Project Youtube
History Project on Instagram
sponsors
sponsors

On This Day



On This Day… The Sinking Of The Hood

Written by: George Chittenden : 27 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 24th May back in 1941 when the pride of the Royal Navy, the HMS Hood was attacked and sunk by the infamous German battleship the Bismarck, killing 1,421 men. The Bismarck sailed from the Polish port of Gdynia just days earlier on May 18th, with a simple mission, head to the Atlantic and attack British convoys. She sailed alongside another German ship, the Prinz Eugene, and when they passed Norway the British spotted them. When the German ships sailed south down the Denmark Straits between Iceland and Greenland the British chose to attack. In the early hours the ships engaged each other. At a distance of thirteen miles apart they fired one-ton shells that travelled at 1,600 miles per hour and took almost a minute to reach their intended targets.

The HMS Hood

The HMS Hood

The battle lasted twenty minutes, and despite the fact that the Bismarck took a direct hit she didn’t sink. The HMS Hood wasn’t so lucky. She took a hit that penetrated her ammunition room and caused an almighty explosion that was so powerful it tore the ship in half. Only three members of her crew survived. The incident shocked the world and led to Churchill issuing his famous battle cry “Sink the Bismarck!”, and a fleet consisting of four battleships, two battle cruisers, two aircraft carriers, 21 destroyers and 13 cruisers was dispatched.

Are you already curious to discover what happened tomorrow? Have a great day.

We promote history by...

offering free articles and videos, providing free history experiences for children in schools and on weekends. Next year we will be visiting hospitals and providing unforgettable experiences to children who really need it and give them a chance to forget their condition, their treatment and their reality. Please join others who support our free projects by giving a small donation. We can only continue our great work with your help.

appealimage

Support The History Project


to Duke Street in Deal for some Fine Wines, Real Ales and delicious Stone Baked Pizzato Duke Street in Deal for some Fine Wines, Real Ales and delicious Stone Baked PizzaThis wonderful family run company offers bespoke and tailored environmentally friendly Housekeeping packagesSpecialist brokers whoComing to Deal, Receive a Warm welcome and some of the best organic coffee in town, also great Gluten free and Vegan options hereVisiting Deal? Take a Pitt Stop at The Seagull  Got some waste you have been meaning to get rid of? Give Benn a call, heHave a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  ACAS The Decorating Company - 07759075930Local Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Deals best-kept secret, nestled in DealTop quality plumbing, and heating services at a very competitive price click here to find out more.Advertise in this spaceTransportation, storage and removal serviceLocal Lads that cover the Kent area, boasting a 9.9/ 10 on checkatrade.com these lads really give their very best for a very very fair price. ( image attached) phone number could be good under construction - 07791101946Wellingtons are known for there expertly cooked food and hearty portions, here you will not go hungry. You can watch the ships sail by whilst you eat as Wellingtons is positioned right on the seafrontHave a spare room or property you would like to make some money from? Contact Ally now  Waterfront Hotel - A Beautiful hotel and restaurant with views overlooking DealWe are a family owned and operated Removal and International Overseas Shipping company based in DealTransportation, storage and removal serviceTower Print and Design deliver the highest quality print on a whole range of items for a very reasonable priceGo back in time and explore DealAspen Waite helps ambitious companies achieve their goals with quality advice and support, whatever the challenge.Deal Cars has many years experience in the taxi industry, we provide a professional and reliable service to clients throughout Deal and the surrounding area. We cover all types of journeys from shopping runs to airport transfers, providing professional, courteous and qualified drivers.Need to lose weight or just get a bit fitter but find gyms tedious and boring? Well go and see Ex Army PT Jay Ingram and he will build you up into the powerhouse you were meant to be on his excellent Specialist brokers whoGot some waste you have been meaning to get rid of? Give Benn a call, he713029691922433839851282047034444861357017505644157