This is a 17 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - European Theater - Battle of the Denmark Strait. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
On May 18, 1941, Admiral Gunther Lutjens of the German Kriegsmarine began Operation Rheinubung. Sailing from Gotenhafen, Poland with the new battleship Bismarck and new heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen he had orders to break out into the Atlantic to attack Allied convoys. Three days later, the British Admiralty was alerted by sources in Sweden that the 2 ships had been spotted in the Kattegat heading for the North Sea.
Launched in 1918, HMS Hood had long been the pride of the Royal Navy and a symbol of British power. The flagship of Vice Admiral Lancelot Holland, Hood possessed an armament comparable to a battleship but not the armor. The Hood was vulnerable to plunging fire as its deck armor was relatively thin.
Hood opened fire at 5:52 AM and initially targeted Prinz Eugen then the Bismarck. This was quickly corrected and Prince of Wales joined in engaging the German battleship. Though plagued by mechanical issues with its guns, Prince of Wales succeeded in hitting Bismarck 3 times putting is catapult out of action, damaging its forward fuel tanks, and causing moderate flooding.
As the ships turned, Hood was straddled by German shells. This was followed by a pillar of flames erupting from near the ship's mainmast which culminated in a massive explosion tearing the ship in two. This appears to have been caused by shell from Bismarck penetrating Hood's deck armor and detonating in a magazine.
Stunned by the loss of Hood, the British concentrated their naval forces against Bismarck and succeeded in sinking it on May 27th. In the fighting at Denmark Strait, the British lost 1,428 killed (1,415 aboard Hood) and 9 wounded.
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