The Mighty Hood by Ernle Bradford
The Battleship that Challenged the Bismarck

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When it was launched in 1918 the Hood, flagship of the Royal Navy, was the largest, fastest warship afloat and a symbol of British power, earning the nickname "The Mighty Hood." Her mere appearance on the horizon was enough to intimidate would-be aggressors. But for all the Hood's might, she had one fatal flaw: armor had been sacrificed for speed. In her first major engagement she confronted the almost legendary German warship Bismarck in a battle for supremacy of the Atlantic. A salvo from the enemy penetrated to the Hood's ammunition magazine, destroying and sinking the British ship in an awesome fireball, killing all but three of her crew of 1421 men and violently ending Britain's mastery of the seas. But it inspired Winston Churchill's vow to sink the Bismarck, and in time that vow was fulfilled. Ernle Bradford, naval man and acclaimed author, takes us through the birth and demise of one of the greatest ships of all time.

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Ernle Bradford was born in 1922 and died in 1986. He was a noted British historian specializing in the Mediterranean world and naval topics. Bradford was an enthusiastic sailor himself and spent almost thirty years sailing the Mediterranean, where many of his books are set. He served in the Royal Navy during World War II, finishing as the first Lieutenant of a destroyer. Bradford lived in Malta for a number of years. He did occasional broadcast work for the BBC, was a magazine editor, and wrote many books including Hannibal; Paul the Traveller; Julius Caesar: The Pursuit of Power; Christopher Columbus; The Mighty Hood; The Battle for the West: Thermopylae; The Great Betrayal: Constantinople 1204; Three Centuries of Sailing; The America's Cup; The Sultan's Admiral: Barbarossa; Nelson: The Essential Hero; Ulysses Found; Siege of Malta 1940-1943; Mediterranean: Portrait of a Sea; The Companion Guide to the Greek Isles; The Great Siege; Cleopatra; The Journeying Moon; The Great Siege of Malta 1565.
Published January 11, 2013 by E-Reads. 218 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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