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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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:iconadmiralmichalis:
AdmiralMichalis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Wonderful, indeed!  I always loved British battleships!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. Me too.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent!!!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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nimitz4145 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Very well done!!!
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markkarvon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Hunter2045 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Nice.
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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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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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