Respect for the dead

3,500 Lives Lost

Survivors from Bismarck are pulled alongside HMS Dorsetshire

At least 1,415 men died when Hood sank in the Denmark Strait on 24 May 1941. This was the Royal Navy's greatest loss on a single ship of the Second World War. When the Bismarck was sunk 9 days later over 2000 sailors perished. In total, this great sea battle cost the lives of almost 3,500 men.

Support For the Expedition
The expedition to find out just what happened on 24 May 1941 is supported by the Royal British Legion , Commonwealth War Graves Commission , Royal Naval Association , Ministry of Defence , HMS Hood Association and the Kameradschaft Schlachtschiff Bismarck .

"Look but don't touch"

The plaque that will be left at the wreck

The explorers have one rule: "Look, but don't touch". By filming what they find on the seabed, they hope to solve the mystery of why Hood sank so fast. They will not move or touch anything except to leave a plaque at the site of the wreck. This will include a CD-Rom bearing the names of all the men who died that day, in honour of the sacrifice they made.

Once the expedition is over, Hood's location will not be revealed. Only one person will know where the wreck is - David Mearns who is leading the trip. The site will be protected and those who sacrificed their lives in the fight against fascism will be left in peace.

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