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BEST Battle of Denmark Strait - HISTORY-DenmarkStrait 1941
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Sinking of HMS HoodAt 06:00, Holland ordered his force to turn once again
to port to ensure that the aft main guns on both Hood and Prince of Wales could bear on the German ships;
during the turn, a salvo from Bismarck, fired from about 14 km, was seen by men aboard
Prince of Wales to straddle Hood abreast her mainmast. It is likely that one 38 cm shell struck somewhere
between Hood's mainmast and "X" turret aft of the mast. A huge pillar of flame that shot upward 'like a giant blowtorch,'
in the vicinity of the mainmast, followed by an explosion that destroyed a large portion of the ship from amidships clear
to the rear of "Y" turret, blowing both after turrets into the sea. The ship broke in two and the stern fell away and sank.
Trailer of DenmarkStrait 1941
Hood opened fire at 05:52 at a distance of approximately 24,200 m. Holland had ordered firing to begin
on the leading ship, Prinz Eugen, believing from her position that she was Bismarck. Holland soon amended
his order and directed both ships to engage the rear ship, Bismarck. Prince of Wales had already identified
and engaged Bismarck, whereas Hood is believed to have continued to fire at Prinz Eugen for some time.