Has the British Navy ever been weak

World War II: The largest battleship sank after six minutes

The "HMS Hood" was not only a ship, but also a symbol. Since her commissioning in 1920 she has been considered the largest warship in the world, stood for the fighting strength and fame of the British Royal Navy and thus for the power of the Empire that ruled the sea. All the greater was the shock caused by terrible news in the English public at the end of May 1941: After an artillery duel with the German battleship “Bismarck” that lasted only a few minutes, the “Hood” had exploded on Denmark Street. Only three of the 1,418 crew members survived the disaster.

In order to maintain the tradition of the Royal Navy, something else was added: The “Hood” was laid down in 1916 as the type ship of a new class of super battle cruisers. They were supposed to make up for the losses suffered by the British battlecruisers against their German counterparts in the Skagerrak battle.

One of the ships sunk at the time was the "Invincible", the flagship of Admiral Horace Hood. His widow had been given the honor of baptizing the "Hood", albeit not in the name of her husband, but in that of a distant relative, Admiral Samuel Hood, a naval hero of the 18th century. The fact that the "Hood" went down almost to the day 25 years after the meeting in the Skagerrak in the fight against a German warship seemed to be a worse omen for many Britons than the setbacks against Hitler's Wehrmacht.

The downfall of the mighty "Hood"