HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy

Author(s): Daniel Knowles

ISBN: 9781781557235
A comprehensive look at the life and death of the battlecruiser HMS Hood in war and peace.
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  • An authoritative and detailed account of HMS Hood that offers a detailed analysis of the famous British battlecruiser

  • A story of triumph and tragedy and a glimpse into life aboard a warship in both peace and war

  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

  • A must-have for military and historians, enthusiasts, modellers and those interested in the complexities of naval warfare during the Second World War 

For over twenty years, HMS Hood toured the world as the most iconic warship in the Royal Navy. Unmatched in her beauty and charisma, Hood is one of history’s greatest warships.

During the twilight years of the British Empire, Hood toured the world showing the flag as a symbol of British power. As the Royal Navy’s show-ship, Hood came to command a special place in the hearts and minds of the British public.

Such was the regard for the Hood that her destruction on the morning of 24 May 1941 by the German battleship Bismarck created dismay across the world. Within minutes of entering battle, ‘the Mighty Hood’ as she was affectionately known, was destroyed by a catastrophic explosion, which had echoes of Jutland a quarter of a century earlier. Out of a crew of a crew of 1,418, only three survived.

The sinking of HMS Hood was the single largest disaster ever sustained by the Royal Navy.

HMS Hood: Pride of the Royal Navy charts the life and death of this legendary battlecruiser in both peace and war from her early origins, through the interwar years, to her destruction.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557235
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 416 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 310 black and white photographs



Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1995, Daniel Knowles has been interested in history from a young age. The main focus of his historical interest is the Second World War. In July 2016, he graduated with an Honours degree in History and Politics from the University of Northumbria. His university dissertation was written on the changing perceptions to the wartime role played by RAF Bomber Command.