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Avenging The Hood by markkarvon Avenging The Hood by markkarvon
One of the most feared ships during World War II was the German battleship Bismarck. In May 1941, the Bismarck managed to sneak out of port with the cruiser Prinz Eugen. British naval units were tasked with finding the Bismarck and on May 24 the HMS Hood, known as the pride of the British fleet, along with the HMS Price of Wales caught up with the two German raiders in the Denmark Straight. After a short exchange of fire the Hood’s armor was pierced by a shell from the Bismarck and detonated in the aft magazine. The resulting explosion broke the ship’s back and she quickly sank leaving only three survivors. Prince of Wales retreated, heavily damaged.

The loss of the Hood was a great shock to the nation and the pursuit of the Bismarck became top priority for the British fleet. On May 26 the Bismarck was struck by a torpedo from a British Swordfish aircraft. The hit disabled her rudder and it became almost impossible to steer the ship.

Having damaged their quarry, the British fleet closed in for the kill. On the morning of May 27 the fleet lead by the battleships HMS King George V and HMS Rodney sighted the Bismarck and opened fire. The Bismarck was sunk in a battle lasting approximately 2 hours. The Hood was avenged.

This print depicts HMS King George V the moment she opened fire on Bismarck.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome details. :D
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tman300 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Very nicely done piece so added to my faves.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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RUShorty Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
I see you do ships as well, very nicely done!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconadmiralmichalis:
AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Wonderful, indeed!  I always loved British battleships!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Me too.
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:iconeyepilot13:
eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!!!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconnimitz4145:
nimitz4145 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Very well done!!!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconhunter2045:
Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Nice.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
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Sorry, I couldn't resist! Great work as always!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Bob. It's ok. I listened to that song a couple of times while I was creating the piece. It was a favorite of mine as a kid.
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TThealer56 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
When I saw your image the music shot in to my mind...:rofl:
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:icont1m-50:
t1m-50 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The title adds so much
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:iconrenerdecastro:
RenerDeCastro Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Too bad her Sister Ship sank during the ill-fated Battle for Malaya...
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Czarcasm101 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
It's a phenomenal artwork, that truly does a great job of depicting history unraveling. I've always thought they should make of movie about the Hood based on the three survivors accounts, it'd be a great tragedy/drama movie.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. It would make a great movie but it would have to be dome right in order not to upset anybody.
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:iconczarcasm101:
Czarcasm101 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
Excellent point:)
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PaladinMagnus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Awesome job, it always amazed me that it took so many ships just to sink one ship. Two hours of fighting is along time in a battle, atleast the Bismarck went down fighting and gave them hell!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Valhalla-Sailor Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Awesome!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmaddog3060:
Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
It's nice to see naval art of those beautiful, deadly battleships of days gone by.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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CarlosGabrielPE Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job. I like this ship is a shame that he lost to Bismark, amazing to know that an aircraft of World War could destroy the most powerful ship of War (before yamato)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. This ship did not lose to Bismark. This ship was involved in her sinking.
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:iconacvu:
ACVu Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
so beautiful...I always love and amazed the way you paint the ocean....
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:icon7yearsislongenough:
7yearsislongenough Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Dang it, now I have that classic Johnny Horton tune stuck in my head.

Beautiful work as ever....and your descriptions are always a history lesson for those who are unfamiliar with the subject at hand.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks John.
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:iconuglygosling:
uglygosling Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Wonderful! Art can sometimes capture moments as photos never can.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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CherishedMemories Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Impressive scene and work, Mark. Looks so realistic.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Cheri.
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:iconpolskadude:
Polskadude Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Utterly fantastic! Beautiful work.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconpolskadude:
Polskadude Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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kuckuk333 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
why is nowhere out there an image depicting the Bismarck's victory over the Hood? just for equal rights there should be an image like that. btw: nice image.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you obviously don't know what you are talking about because there are lots of depictions of the Bismarck sinking of the Hood. Here are links to a few:

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btw: thanks
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kuckuk333 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
thx for the links. they are new to me.
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SOTF Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing details and overall design. That's all I have to say.
It's hard to grasp the fact that Germany's mightiest warship at its time was rendered a sitting duck by a single torpedo...goes to show you that anything can happen in warfare.
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moosemin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
It was just like getting kicked in the...... That can bring the greatest giant down.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. You're right about anything can happen. I suppose that is why men will attack a giant like Bismarck with an outdated stringbag.
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Jacklionheart Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The waves are wonderfull done and I love the light reflections of the blast. Very classic piece of art, well done Mark!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much Jack. My mentor was a seascape artist so I have been trying to paint water a long time.
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MasPix Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
As always your work is AMAZING...
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