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I dunno, the Hood vs. Bismarck doesn't quite seem the same as the rest on that list. That was just a lucky shot in what was otherwise a not-unreasonable engagement, particularly given the mission parameters. Just about any damage at all to the Bismarck would have been enough to pin it down, so the Hood didn't even need to land a knockout blow, just give it a black eye.
by Zwackus on Wed Jan 25th, 2017 at 08:42:21 AM EST
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Hood showed the glaring weakness in the RN's whole battle cruiser theory that was a significant part of its building plan, namely that there isn't enough speed gain to make up for the armor loss.  Bismarck was able to employ plunging fire with its 15s and cut through Hood like a hot knife through butter.  But Hood was and is sold as another magnificent sacrifice.
by rifek on Wed Jan 25th, 2017 at 03:09:15 PM EST
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