On May 24th, 1941, the battlecruiser HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy, sailing in company with the brand-new battleship HMS Prince of Wales, encountered the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Denmark Strait.
A shell from Bismarck struck Hood between her first and second turrets, detonating shells and propulsion charges in her forward magazines. She blew up and sank within a matter of seconds. Only three of the 1,418 men aboard survived.
The wreck of the Hood now lies deep beneath the icy waters of the Denmark Strait.
Bismarck did not long outlive Hood. She was sunk just three days later, on May 27th, 1941, with the loss of 1,995 of her crew.
May all those who died, seventy years ago this week, rest in peace.