This gorgeous original oil on board painting is wonderful depiction of the battlecruiser, H.M.S. Hood- the pride of the British Navy. When war with Germany was declared, Hood was operating in the area around Iceland, and she spent the next several months hunting between Iceland and the Norwegian Sea for German commerce raiders and blockade runners. After a brief overhaul of her propulsion system, she sailed as the flagship of Force H, and participated in the destruction of the French Fleet at Mers-el-Kebir. Relieved as flagship of Force H, Hood was dispatched to Scapa Flow, and operated in the area as a convoy escort and later as a defence against a potential German invasion fleet. In May 1941, she and the battleship Prince of Wales were ordered to intercept the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, which were en route to the Atlantic where they were to attack convoys. On 24 May 1941, early in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood was struck by several German shells. She exploded and sank with the loss of all but three of her crew. Due to her perceived invincibility, the loss affected British morale. This amazing painting comes in a beautiful wood frame and would make a fantastic gift for any WW2 Veteran or Veteran's family member, especially for those that were in the navy during the war.
Artist: Michael Short
Approximate Image size: 13.75" x 6.5" Framed Size: 16.75" x 9.75"
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