In May 1941 the most dramatic sea battle of the Second World War took place. Its protagonists were the two mightiest capital ships of the era- the German battleship Bismarck, and the British battlecruiser Hood. Their confrontation resulted in the destruction of both warships and the loss of over 3,500 lives. In 2001 -the sixtieth anniversary of this apocalyptic battle- David Mearns led an expedition that discovered the wreck of Hood for the very first time and revisited the wreck of Bismarck. With Rob White tracing the history of these awe-inspiring vessels and the events that led to their fatal clash, "Hood and Bismarck" chronicles the progress and findings of this incredible mission.
Tying into a major Channel 4 series, "Hood and Bismarck" follows the expedition to find Hood that is the climax of six years' painstaking detective work and planning by David Mearns and his team at Blue Water Recoveries. Using unique footage of Hood and Bismarck collected from this expedition, Hood and Bismarck seeks to provide some of the first answers to questions that have fired controversial debate ever since 1941: Was Hood's rapid sinking the result of her thin deck armour, leaving her vulnerable to plunging shells? Was Bismarck really sunk by torpedoes or did these only hasten the scuttling that had already been put in motion? Drawing on unique evidence uncovered by the expedition, with analysis from naval historian Dr Eric Grove and warship expert Bill Jurens, "Hood and Bismarck" seeks to shed new light on the cataclysmic demise of two of the last great capital ships.
Hood and Bismarck
by David Mearns and Rob White
Published by Channel 4 Books (Imprint of Pan Macmillan Ltd)
ISBN: 0752220357, Published 23 November 2001
Approximate Retail Price: £20