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How would the more modern BB's differ without the creation of Hood? Many classify her as a BC, but in reality she was the first modern fast BB and benchmark of all fast BB thereafter to be compared to.  Until 1939 nothing could afloat could match her might and speed.  This was to partially be her Achilles heel.  While her flaws were known, she wasn't upgraded prewar because she was too busy showing her might around the world for the Empire.


HMS Hood is something of a hybrid. Her hull shape was true battlecruiser (compare the long hull shape of the WaS Hood model with, say, the chunkier PoW or Rodney) while her armour thicknesses were good, the overall distribution of that armour was not quite up to battleship standard.

Hood's greater length allowed for greater engine spaces while her narrowness allowed her to drive through the water faster. She had less water resistance. However the same narrowness affected her ability to absorb torpedo hits or resist capsize. Remember that capsize was the principal cause of loss of most big warships (see Royal Sovereign, Barham, Repulse, Prince of Wales, Bismarck, Blucher, etc). It is perhaps good that Hood was never tested by a torpedo hit.

It is probably fair to say that HMS Hood was conceived as a battlecruiser but she pointed the way to the fast battleship concept. In my book she is a hybrid.


Would a remade hood warrant the torpedo protection sa's that more recently made renown and repulse received?


I would be inclined to give her partial torpedo protection, yes. One of the things which floated to the surface after the sinking were some of the hollow steel tubes (sealed at both ends) which had been packed into her bulges.
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I am pretty sure the mighty Hood would have survived a torpedo hit not sure about a salvoe but I supouse it would have all dependdd where the torpedo struck.

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