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Thanks for This....
and I won't buy the book. BTW, the story about Rodney using her tubes was first published in Ludovik Kennedy's book Pursuit AFAIK...so it's not even original to the new book. She fired a total of eight torpedoes with one reported hit. Only use in action of that caliber (sic) of torpedo either. They were only installed on Nelson and Rodney. They had a warhead of 337kg compared to the 496kg for the IJN "Long Lance" and a range of only 15K yards at 35 knots.
Thanks again for the book description and happy holidays...
I've just finished reading this coffee-table size book from the US Naval Institute by Garzke, Dulin and Jurens. It has a wealth of pictures and diagrams and an exhaustive study of the ship's sortie into the N Atlantic, the sinking of Hood and damage to Prince of Wales, and her own eventual demise at the hands of Ark Royal, Rodney, KGV, Norfolk & Dorsetshire.
Emphasis on the word "exhaustive", or better "exhausting". While there are many interesting details in the book, they are repeated, over and over and over and over again. If you're told a fact on one page, it's repeated two pages later, just in case you forgot, and then on the next page, and then in the next paragraph. This book had me yelling at times. Didn't they have an editor?
The book did answer one question I had asked here on the message board some months ago. Did a British battleship with submerged torpedo tubes ever fire them? The answer is yes, Rodney fired several of her 24.5in torpedoes at Bismarck, and one may have hit.
I recommend the book for its photos, including many of the wreck as examined by expeditions in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But it is an incredible slog to read through.