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Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/16/2020 5:58:29 PM   
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The indefatigable Drachinifel takes a 42 minute look at why Hood exploded in action against the Bismarck. He reaches a surprising conclusion (and no, it isn't because Hood had thin armor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLPeC7LRqIY

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/16/2020 6:48:58 PM   
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No, of course not. She blew up because she was unlucky.

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/16/2020 6:50:29 PM   
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Thank you for sharing, Zorch.

I will look at it later on. Important stuff to do. Like invading Greece in MWIF.

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/16/2020 10:48:41 PM   
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Well, it was another good video by Drachinifel! The guy does make interesting stuff...

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/18/2020 7:14:12 AM   
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Greetings Zorch,
Excellent video and thanks for posting.

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/18/2020 7:16:12 AM   
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Greetings Orm,
Thank you for sharing, Zorch.

I will look at it later on. Important stuff to do. Like invading Greece in MWIF.

Good One

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/19/2020 10:02:41 AM   
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The indefatigable Drachinifel takes a 42 minute look at why Hood exploded in action against the Bismarck. He reaches a surprising conclusion (and no, it isn't because Hood had thin armor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLPeC7LRqIY


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Very interesting and thought provoking - thanks for sharing.


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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/19/2020 2:01:24 PM   
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The indefatigable Drachinifel takes a 42 minute look at why Hood exploded in action against the Bismarck. He reaches a surprising conclusion (and no, it isn't because Hood had thin armor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLPeC7LRqIY


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Very interesting and thought provoking - thanks for sharing.


I had not heard the underwater shell theory before Drachinifel. I wonder if photos of the wreck might support this. http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/2001expedition/hood/wreckdebris2.htm

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/19/2020 2:24:29 PM   
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The indefatigable Drachinifel takes a 42 minute look at why Hood exploded in action against the Bismarck. He reaches a surprising conclusion (and no, it isn't because Hood had thin armor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLPeC7LRqIY


warspite1

Very interesting and thought provoking - thanks for sharing.


I had not heard the underwater shell theory before Drachinifel. I wonder if photos of the wreck might support this. http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/2001expedition/hood/wreckdebris2.htm
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Me Neither. I'd be surprised if there was any supporting evidence. The wreck is, as can be imagined, a mass of twisted metal. The part of the ship where the shell would have entered would surely have been blown apart??

If that was the cause, then Hood was one unlucky ship to have been sunk in that way......


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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/19/2020 10:11:29 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Zorch

The indefatigable Drachinifel takes a 42 minute look at why Hood exploded in action against the Bismarck. He reaches a surprising conclusion (and no, it isn't because Hood had thin armor). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLPeC7LRqIY


warspite1

Very interesting and thought provoking - thanks for sharing.


I had not heard the underwater shell theory before Drachinifel. I wonder if photos of the wreck might support this. http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/2001expedition/hood/wreckdebris2.htm
warspite1

Me Neither. I'd be surprised if there was any supporting evidence. The wreck is, as can be imagined, a mass of twisted metal. The part of the ship where the shell would have entered would surely have been blown apart??

If that was the cause, then Hood was one unlucky ship to have been sunk in that way......



This was pretty interesting - It reminds me of a failure analysis "most probable cause". Working with the FA labs of Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin back in the day this seems very similar. All the eye witness testimony,what data was available, all the evidence points to this being a one in a million shot, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction!

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/19/2020 11:17:16 PM   
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I think Drachinifel was too quick to dismiss the plunging-shell-through-the-deck-armor to the magazine (or barbette) theory. Other sources feel this was the mostly cause. I'd like to see the shell penetration data to prove his case.

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/23/2020 11:04:45 AM   
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Well unlucky for her, cause she has poor armor rating, esp her deck and other important parts of the ship. Once a high explosive shell goes off in those magazine stores, that is it, The End!

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/29/2020 11:26:54 AM   
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I think Drachinifel was too quick to dismiss the plunging-shell-through-the-deck-armor to the magazine (or barbette) theory. Other sources feel this was the mostly cause. I'd like to see the shell penetration data to prove his case.
warspite1

A follow up to the earlier video. Drachinifel answers some comments and questions raised in response to his initial video. The first part of the video has an interesting look at what may have happened to Hood had she not blown up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqnk2-noeUY


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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 6:17:05 AM   
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I have a minor connection to the Hood.
I am Australian. In Nov 2000, I was in London and had a wonderful visit to the Imperial War Museum*

There is a display about the Hood. I was standing and reading the blurb. A man arrived and started talking. He noted that I am Australian.
"My brother was one of the survivors" he said.
"After the war he went to live in Melbourne" he said
"I am from Sydney" I said
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*Across the road from the IWM is a blue sign saying that Bligh used to live here. This would be William Bligh, who as governor of N.S.W. suffered his second mutiny.
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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 7:32:01 AM   
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I have a minor connection to the Hood.
I am Australian. In Nov 2000, I was in London and had a wonderful visit to the Imperial War Museum*

There is a display about the Hood. I was standing and reading the blurb. A man arrived and started talking. He noted that I am Australian.
"My brother was one of the survivors" he said.
"After the war he went to live in Melbourne" he said

warspite1

I don't believe any of the three survivors moved to Australia after the war. I think he was either mistaken or a fantasist.....

However, Doctor Who did serve on HMS Hood. He was transferred off the ship for officer training in April 1941 - a month before her sinking. Well, when I say Doctor Who, I mean the actor Jon Pertwee


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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 12:08:31 PM   
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Doctor Who? Is he related to the first baseman? Or did he play first base?

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 2:14:34 PM   
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Doctor Who? Is he related to the first baseman? Or did he play first base?

I don't know!

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 2:26:50 PM   
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Idunno played third, I think.

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 5:21:15 PM   
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Idunno played third, I think.


Yes, he did. What's on second.

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/30/2020 10:43:20 PM   
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f that was the cause, then Hood was one unlucky ship to have been sunk in that way......


Any competent engineer would NOT look at it in that way.

Clearly Murphy's Law reared its ugly head, one way or another.

The thing about the plunging shell theory is that the angle of the ship to the angle of the incoming round would have given it multiple paths through the deck armor, even if said angle was relatively shallow. If it was broadside to the shell path it could very well have not penetrated (either the belt or the deck).

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RE: Why did HMS Hood blow up? - 12/31/2020 8:59:44 AM   
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f that was the cause, then Hood was one unlucky ship to have been sunk in that way......


Any competent engineer would NOT look at it in that way.

warspite1

LOL - well I'm not an engineer (competent or otherwise) so I look at it based on the various possibilities put forward by people (hopefully) qualified to opine.


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