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An Incredible Voyage....,
This review is from: Battlecruiser HMS Hood: An Illustrated Biography 1916-1941 (Hardcover)
I do not believe that there is ANY other warship that has ever commanded the level of sheer fascination, awe and emotion associated with the British battlecruiser Hood. In fact, when one considers it, the destruction of the Hood is the reason that the German battleship Bismarck towers above all other German warships in fame! Many books have been written about Hood and Bismarck and their fateful encounter, but Bruce Taylor's "Biography" stands in a league by itself. It is not merely a history of the Hood, it delves into literally every aspect the ship and life aboard seen through the eyes of her crew. Obviously extensively researched, it indelibly stamps the humanity on and gives life to the Royal Navy's proudest ship.
Hood's origins and construction are covered in never-before published detail, and one is taken on a tour of the ship, deck by deck, aided by Thomas Schmid's incredible illustrations. The lives, living conditions, routines, and interactions of her crew are detailed - the good and the bad - in peace and in war. The photgraphic content is superb - though I must question the authenticity of the photo of Hood exploding, which with the smooth sea surface just doesn't look right!
If one is looking for a quick, easy read, this is not the book to choose. If, however, one is a serious enthusiast, a historian, or really wants to learn what naval life was like in the World War I to II Royal Navy, this book is indispensible. It is a fitting tribute to all those who served in HMS Hood - especially those who died with her.