THIS WEEK IN WORLD WAR II
BISMARCK SINKS THE HMS HOOD
ROYAL NAVY SINKS THE BISMARCK
On May 24, 1941, Germany’s largest battleship, the Bismarck, sinks the pride of the British fleet, HMS Hood and three days later on May 27, 1941, the British Navy sinks the Bismarck in the North Atlantic near France.
The Bismarck, the most modern of Germany’s battleships was wanted by other nations even in its blueprint phase. In the Hitler-Stalin neutrality pact, Hitler handed over a copy of the blueprints in his concessions. The HMS Hood, launched in 1918 was Britain’s largest battle cruiser. In the North Atlantic, two British cruisers tracked down the Bismarck and the HMS Hood and the Bismarck met Northeast of Iceland. The Bismarck was commanded by Admiral Gunther Lutjens. The Bismarck sunk the Hood resulting in the death of 1,500. Only three British crewmembers survived.
The Bismarck did not come away unscathed. It’s fuel tank was damaged and Lutjens tried to make it to the French coast but he was sighted within three days and incapacitated by torpedoes from the Royal Navy. The Bismarck was finally sunk by a ring of British war ships. Admiral Lutjens was among the 2,300 German casualties.