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Hood and Bismarck Hardcover – Jan 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Pr (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752220357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752220352
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 717 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #494,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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HASH(0xa90d5948) out of 5 stars An Epic Battle, An Epic Search July 24 2004
By William Holmes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
On May 24, 1941, HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood, pride of the British navy, intercepted the German battleship Bismarck and her escort in the Denmark Strait near Greenland. In just a few moments, Hood was blown up by shell fire from the Bismarck and the Prince of Wales was heavily damaged. Despite the wrenching loss of its flagship, the Royal Navy maintained its dogged pursuit of the Bismarck, fatally damaging and finally sinking her a few days later.

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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HASH(0xa90f866c) out of 5 stars A true clash of Giants. Aug. 20 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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When HMS Hood met Bismarck in the Denmark Strait, it was not just a naval engagement, it was a fight for existence on the part of England. The flow of supplies and raw materials into english ports was critical to british survival. Bismarck's appearance in the north atlantic was specifically designed to stem that flow of goods. The deficiencies in Hoods armoured protection have often been described. Although gun for gun, Hood and Bismarck were well matched, structurally Hood was an inferior ship. The naval battle proved that fact. Bismarck sailed on to her own demise, courtesy of an archaic piece of military hardware. It is quite sad that so many young men lost their lives in this naval battle. But it is the price nations paid to preserve their freedom. JRV
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HASH(0xa90d196c) out of 5 stars A Great Book on these two Ships! May 24 2013
By Albuquerque - Published on
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This particular book is now my favorite Book in regards to the 'Hood' and Bismarck'!! I have three other Books on these Ships and this one Tops my list!!
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HASH(0xa90d5834) out of 5 stars WWII Sea Battle - Atlantic Theater May 28 2014
By Frederick Jee - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating read about the iconic battle between the HOOD and the BISMARCK early in World War II.
HASH(0xa90bc2f4) out of 5 stars This book has some excellent wreck and period photos June 22 2015
By Chuck Keezer - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book has some excellent wreck and period photos. The text deals with both the search for the wrecks of the Hood and Bismarck and gives a brief history of both ships. It clings to the notion that the fatal shot taken by HMS Hood penetrated the deck armor which is unlikely as the range between the two ships dictates a shot angle of no more than 14 degrees and possible a little as ten degrees. It also concludes that the bow separation on the wreck of the Hood was caused by a magazine explosion when there was no magazine in that area. I could pick on a couple of other items but even if you are into the minutiae as I am, the book is still worthwhile and a good addition to any nautical library.