Hood and Bismarck Hardcover – Jan 2002
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Mearns is director of Blue Water Recoveries and the leader of the expedition to find the Hood. Rob White is a television journalist and producer with a long-standing fascination with wrecks, especially HMS Hood. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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?
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. Highly recommended!
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