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HMS Hood - Anthony Cowland

HMS Hood - Anthony Cowland

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HMS Hood seeks the Bismarck, Denmark Strait, May 1941
 
HMS Hood was laid down in 1916 and commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1920.  She was named after the 18th Century Admiral Samuel Hood.  In 1939, during her assignment with the Mediterranean Fleet, HMS Hood was ordered to return to Britain, to undergo a major rebuild to update her armourment and bring her in line with other Royal Navy WW1-era capital ships. However, the outbreak of war in 1939 saw the need to return HMS Hood to service without the necessary upgrades.
 
Whilst operating in the North Sea as a convoy escort, HMS Hood, and HMS Prince of Wales were tasked to intercept the German battleship Bismarck and heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen whilst they were en route to attack Atlantic convoys. Early in the morning of the 24th May 1941, during the Battle of Denmark Strait, HMS Hooengaged the German ships but was soon hit, to devastating effect, by shells from her quarry. Only three men survived her sinking.
 
This painting was used to illustrate the cover of the book The End of Glory. War & Peace in HMS Hood 1916 -1941 by  Bruce Taylor
 
Original oil on canvas board signed lower left.  24 x 20 inches (61cm  x 51cm)
A larger image is available on request.

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