From: CA native, retired in FL
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
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
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!
Formerly Grognerd, currently Doc Savage