The Tragic End of HMS Barham - The Sinking of HMS Barham 1941

On the 25th of November 1941, the Royal Navy’s 1st Battle Squadron consisting of HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Valiant and HMS Barham along with 8 destroyers were on a hunt in the central Mediterranean looking for Italian convoys.
Also on the hunt was a German U-Boat and their paths were on a collision course. A collision that would send HMS Barham to the floor of the Mediterranean Sea along with over 800 of her crew.

HMS Barham had begun her service with the Royal Navy during World War 1 and played a role during the Battle of Jutland.

Following World War 1, HMS Barham had several refits and operated in the Atlantic Fleet and the Mediterranean Fleet during the inter-war years.

During World War 2, HMS Barham took part in the the Battle of Dakar before taking part in escort convoys in the Mediterranean.

In November of 1941, during an escort mission, HMS Barham was attacked by U Boat U-331 under the command of Hans-Diedrich von Tiesenhausen.

The attack caused a huge explosion in her magazine and rapidly sank, killing over 800 men.

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  • Thanks very much for watching this video. If you enjoyed it, let me know by hitting the LIKE button, this helps me know what sort of content is proving successful so I can make more just like it. Also, please consider SUBSCRIBING and help me to grow our community. Cheers!

    The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian3 сарын өмнө
    • Dear Northern Historian: superbly produced video. Thank you very much. It seems like these giant dinosaurs called battleships were more of a liability than a benefit. Little submarines for which 20 could be had for the price of one battleship, were certainly more effective .

      Steve PerreiraSteve Perreira13 өдрийн өмнө
    • Excellent video correct picture and well researched. Point if interest this sinking lead to the arrest of Helen Duncan and last conviction for witchcraft in England.

      Painted BluePainted Blue2 сарын өмнө
    • @Sum Dewd Thanks

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
    • I appreciate the effort put forth, very informative. The photos used in sequence as the ship was upgraded merited a brief pause on my part to consider the lives lost in the intervening years between wars, was a nice side effect of your use of appropriate imagery.

      Sum DewdSum Dewd2 сарын өмнө
    • I didn't enjoy this account of HMS Barham and her men, and the sad end of so much and so many.

      geoh7777geoh77772 сарын өмнө
  • The German fleet had battlecruisers at Jutland

    Craig ClemensCraig Clemens11 өдрийн өмнө
  • EXCELLENT narration. Very good editing. Clear, concise, factual and overview of the times.

    Rex MyersRex Myers12 өдрийн өмнө
    • Much appreciated!

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Scrap metal.... Sadly,there were many youngsters aboard who also perished..😞🌹🙏☝️

    Philip CallicoatPhilip Callicoat12 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wow!😲 Amazing footage of the ship capsizing and exploding! I'd never seen that film before. It's striking just how huge the loss of life was on many of those battleships when they sank. The battleship was thoroughly obsolete by 1940 but no one realized it at the time.

    Rob BabcockRob Babcock15 өдрийн өмнө
    • The obsolescence and lack of "competitiveness" of many of our armed forces assets (ships, planes, tanks etc) was known but faced with the demands of a rapidly expanding (theatres of) war, the armed forces were compelled to use what we had hence the tragedies which occurred with brave men and machines sacrificed. The arms race of the 1930s and during the war years saw many assets rapidly overtaken by new developments. The introduction of the Gloster Meteor and Me 262 arguably rendered piston engine fighters obsolete overnight.

      David RawsthornDavid Rawsthorn10 өдрийн өмнө
  • It's pronounced Barram...not Barrham...named after a Nelson Admiral

    Dave AldersonDave Alderson21 өдрийн өмнө
  • Excellent video didn’t miss any facts

    BearBear27 өдрийн өмнө
    • Glad you enjoyed

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian27 өдрийн өмнө
  • 21km's.....Good shooting....people don't realize the sheer amount of mathematical formulae that has to be calculated in such a short time...with a pencil and slide rule...while the ship is not just moving ahead but rolling as its all computer...GPS.. laser lock missile homing...etc...exceptional naval gunnery for the time

    russell kingrussell kingСарын өмнө
  • Always great to see British arrogance going under.

    Luc DevinckeLuc DevinckeСарын өмнө
  • A very interesting video. My uncle served aboard HMS Hood in the late 1930's and then HMS Belfast. He was a gunner and took part in the Battle of the North Cape and D-Day. Liked and subbed.

    Grendel GrendelssonGrendel GrendelssonСарын өмнө
  • Thank you for your excellent documentary. I have watched it twice through and will no doubt watch it again. I have a framed photo of her in my hallway - my grandfather served in her. Beautiful ship.

    Simon DuffSimon DuffСарын өмнө
  • God Bless HMS Barham and all those young men lost.

    3Vimages3VimagesСарын өмнө
  • This may shock people, but I hope they never find the wreck. I don't want to see it end up like what happened to the wreck of the HMS Exeter.

    Storm wulfStorm wulfСарын өмнө
  • Thank you you for posting this interesting video. The von Moltkes were an incredibly important Prussian military dynasty up to and including WW1. (SMS) Moltke is pronounced something like 'mole-te-ker'.

    Alastair BarkleyAlastair BarkleyСарын өмнө
    • Nearly! It’s actually pronounced ‘Molt-Ker’ (although the ‘r’ is silent).

      Mike FriendMike Friend10 өдрийн өмнө
  • Wonderful doc and respectfully done- many thanks

    John BJohn BСарын өмнө
    • Glad you enjoyed it

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern HistorianСарын өмнө
  • I met a gent in 1988 in Ruchill Glasgow resplendent in his Blazer going to their annual reunion. I had my "Jaws" moment in the Bus when he said it was the Barnham. "You were on the Barnham????" After a 10 minute chat I got up to leave and asked " What was the Bang like" He turned his head to reveal a hearing aid. He pointed and said" it was on that side" ! Privileged to say the least. See that clip somewhere almost every year

    Kirk GemmillKirk GemmillСарын өмнө
  • There was a strange mystery about this terrible incident. dramatised on TV, about 10 years ago. It concerned a woman who, as a famous psychic during the War, claimed she knew about HMS Barham, having been sunk, Long BEFORE, anyone else knew, outside the Admiralty or government.or, any official announcement was made. The Police cooked up a case of fraud against her, to defame her and shut her up. She always claimed her power's were real and predictions accurate, to the end.

    Philip CroftPhilip CroftСарын өмнө
    • Actually the woman, Helen Duncan, was convicted of witchcraft, believe it or not.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee23 өдрийн өмнө
  • My uncles, twins James and William Littleford, died on the HMS Barnham. Heartbreaking to see the footage.

    Jean ScrivenJean ScrivenСарын өмнө
  • Thank you for adding both measurements, feet and meters. So many forgets this.

    Johan FrodeJohan FrodeСарын өмнө
  • Why capital navy ships are not shielded with 4 small ships aruod big ship. 2 small shipe on left side and 2 smal ships on right side. Coming torpedo will hit small ship but not big ship

    Svetozar ZegaracSvetozar ZegaracСарын өмнө
    • They generally were, but a good sub. captain could sometimes manage to avoid the escorts.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee23 өдрийн өмнө
  • wow not sure I've seen that footage before of it rolling over and exploding, it seems amazing that the people crawling around on the side of the ship didn't seem to get blown off into the water.

    seeingeyegodseeingeyegodСарын өмнө
  • Thank you for this very interesting and comprehensive account. My Dad's brother Fred Talbot was the ship's blacksmith and was sadly lost during this action.

    Big KeithBig KeithСарын өмнө
    • You're welcome

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern HistorianСарын өмнө
  • Does anyone know what is the photo at 9:42, before the sinking video?

    Phil VieraPhil VieraСарын өмнө
  • "Fair Winds and Following Seas" Brothers

    AdamosDadAdamosDadСарын өмнө
  • May all those that lost their lives RIP. 🌼

    The GeezerThe GeezerСарын өмнө
  • As a historian formerly with the Cdn military I am thoroughly impressed with your reference to the battle of Dakar, at little point in history that needs to be explored.

    Paul FlakPaul Flak2 сарын өмнө
  • Enjoyed this video very much, the content and pace of delivery. One point: at 6:50 the photo of Barham with two funnels is from before the big 1930s refit so does not fit 1939!

    routeman680routeman6802 сарын өмнө
  • Nice work. It must've been such a frightening way to go. Awful to think about.

    Bill BoppertonBill Bopperton2 сарын өмнө
  • That was a steam boiler explosion, immediately following cold sea water entering the funnel.

    Dean ZinterDean Zinter2 сарын өмнө
  • Well done video. Such a tragedy to the Royal Navy and the families. It still amazes me that anyone could survive that explosion

    Frank RizzoFrank Rizzo2 сарын өмнө
  • That ant or dec presenting

    Meadows 1000Meadows 10002 сарын өмнө
    • Could be either, depends on how I feel haha

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Hoot mon: what a hoot!

    Marv WatkinsMarv Watkins2 сарын өмнө
  • Excellent video. Factual and to the point. RIP to the crew and a grand ship.

    charles clagercharles clager2 сарын өмнө
    • Thanks

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Excellent narration. He sounds like Jackie Stewart the famous Grand Prix driver.

    Daryl GriffinDaryl Griffin2 сарын өмнө
  • 1941 was a bad year for the British. Losing Hood, Ark Royal, Barham, Prince Of Wales, and Repulse. So many young lives lost.

    Joshua RiddensdaleJoshua Riddensdale2 сарын өмнө
  • Interesting My brother was on the HMS Hermes 9 April 1942 when Sunk -I was on HMS Pioneer Air craft Maintenance in Pacific Fleet .Fleet Air Arm 1943.

    Bill BickleyBill Bickley2 сарын өмнө
  • By Northern, do you mean North East like Newcastle upon Tyne❓ Can you please do a story on the V1 flying bomb that landed in the Tudhoe Cricket Field, Spennymoor, County Durham on the 24th December 1944. 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

    Not AgainNot Again2 сарын өмнө
    • Yes, I'm from Cramlington, 6 miles to the North of Newcastle

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Great Channel! Just subscribed.

    Gazza 29Gazza 292 сарын өмнө
    • Awesome, thank you!

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Film of Barham's explosion was used as a stand-in for the sinking of the Hood in the movie "Sink the Bismarck!"

    James SchrumpfJames Schrumpf2 сарын өмнө
  • My exs grandad was on Hms Hood, but caught scurvy, so was placed ashore. So he missed the sailing. He also had similar incident with Barnham. Talk about lucky.

    David BuckmanDavid Buckman2 сарын өмнө
  • 10:50. What a disgrace!

    Alfred VonkAlfred Vonk2 сарын өмнө
    • @Alfred Vonk The reason for the extended delay was the loss of a cruiser squadron in a minefield, the crippling of two battleships in Alexandria harbour, and the loss of Force Z off Malaya, all within a month of the sinking.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
    • @doveton sturdee in that light... the need of secrecy is understandable. I agree on that Doveton, However informing the affected families weeks and weeks later after the event is difficult for me to comprehend. Best regards Alfred

      Alfred VonkAlfred Vonk2 сарын өмнө
    • @Alfred Vonk Shame wasn't the reason, strategy was. Confirmation that a capital ship had been lost could have led to the Italian Navy becoming more aggressive in the Med. Naval families understood the risks their sons & husbands took, and were fully aware that ships did get sunk in wartime. I suspect that almost all would have complied if they thought that their silence might have prevented the loss of another ship or ships.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
    • @doveton sturdee because the families of 862 sailors where informed only several weeks (!!) later and had to grief and mourn in silence. 862 husbands, sons and brothers gave their precious lives. How sad if the admiralty wanted to hide this event because of shame (sunk by German navy)

      Alfred VonkAlfred Vonk2 сарын өмнө
    • Why?

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
  • Bravo Zulu

    Barry RBarry R2 сарын өмнө
  • I cringe every time I see the final explosion and feel for those sailors trapped on the rolling hull as it goes up .

    burningb24burningb242 сарын өмнө
  • Gute Arbeit , ihr Wölfe

    Paul MauerPaul Mauer2 сарын өмнө
  • Survived Jutland. Didn’t survive WW2.

    Cyril EuscobarCyril Euscobar2 сарын өмнө
  • Da alle britischen Schlachtschiffe, bei Schlagseite gerne zu einer Munitionskammer Explosion neigen, macht die HMS Barham da auch keine Ausnahme.

    A GA G2 сарын өмнө
  • 2:22 looks like hms hood

    Le French Audi R18Le French Audi R182 сарын өмнө
    • @doveton sturdee looks longer for some reason

      Le French Audi R18Le French Audi R182 сарын өмнө
    • No. That is what HMS Barham looked like when first commissioned.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
  • What a pathetic memorial to all those brave British souls! They deserve better! God bless the crew of HMS Barham!

    wkdmrtease81wkdmrtease812 сарын өмнө
  • HMS isis? That's sus

    [] RicRicz [][] RicRicz []2 сарын өмнө
  • My grandfathers brother (Great Uncle?) was one of them, Leslie Howard Kirkland, he was 23. I was shown his photo as a kid.

    MarkMark2 сарын өмнө
  • Back then there wasn't much automation in warships everything had to be done by hand

    Sa LaSa La2 сарын өмнө
  • I can still remember the time I saw a brief video clip of a battleship on her side, with odd movements on her starboard hull which I later learned were Seamen running for their lives to get off the ship before she sank! There was an enormous explosion which filled the air with debris and people, an act that doomed those in, on or near the stricken vessel! Given the magnitude of the explosion taking place within the confines of the hull, I would imagine that the blast and shock wave would have immediately killed any person unfortunate enough to be still inside or on the hull at that time! That would at least be a more humane ending than to be trapped inside the darkness of one's capsizing, flooding and sinking ship with no possibility of escape or rescue, amid the smoke, shrieks and screams of one's dying Crew members! I don't think that I've ever seen such a horrific sight as that of the ship exploding as scores of men attempted to abandon ship across her now horizontal starboard hull plates! My late Uncle was a Gun Layer in the Royal Navy during WW2 and he once spoke of a truly horrific incident after his ship had been damaged in combat, with many deaths and seriously injured Crewmen. What he recalled happening has been successfully excluded from historical records published after the war, as those that took part in or witnessed it never spoke about it publicly both for personal reasons and because they were graphically informed of the consequences if they ever revealed what had taken place! The industrialised levels of killing seen in WW2 and subsequent conflicts should have ensured lasting peace and a greater respect for human life, unfortunately, that has yet to occur!

    Felix CatFelix Cat2 сарын өмнө
  • My Grandfather William Horne Fraser served aboard HMS Barham , he was one of the lucky ones he ran up the hull as she went over dragging his mate cookie with him . I still have his Barham Survivors Association badge . I want to thank you for this video as he never went into much detail of that day as it was too emotional for him . Now as I myself am a lot older I understand so much more than I did as a kid .

    Sapient HaggisSapient Haggis2 сарын өмнө
    • Yes we do that.

      RobRob2 сарын өмнө
  • *Thank you for sharing this great video! 👍👍👍*

    RC & 프라모델 / 서강진RC & 프라모델 / 서강진2 сарын өмнө
  • Great narrative. Tragic ending for a hard fighting ship. RIP.

    Edward NelsonEdward Nelson2 сарын өмнө
    • @Ross Brown Why?

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
    • Who was fighting hard? As soon as these monsters got into battle there was no hope for most of the seamen. The Admiralty should have been onboard!

      Ross BrownRoss Brown2 сарын өмнө
  • my mother had an uncle on h m s barham he was lost

    Andrew WisemanAndrew Wiseman2 сарын өмнө
  • Why is it that Barham received so little attention compared with other ships? She served with bravery and distinction. She and her crew deserve better.

    Sophie PatersonSophie Paterson2 сарын өмнө
    • I have no doubt that the crew, by and large, performed bravely and Valiantly. This ship along with all other battle ships in World War II were a total waste of money and resources.

      Steve PerreiraSteve Perreira13 өдрийн өмнө
    • @ironman tooltime Warspite, QE herself and Valiant had several major refits before WW2 (including new machinery). Barham had only one and Malaya none.

      TT TTTT TT29 өдрийн өмнө
    • Wouldn't that partly be due to the government keeping her sinking silent for so long, in a rather eventful period of the war (Pearl Harbor, anyone ?)

      reuireuiop0reuireuiop0Сарын өмнө
    • @ironman tooltime off the top of my head Warspite was more extensively modernised in the 30s but she could still just as easily run into a torpedo, as the other poster remarked. Warspite had the reputation of being a lucky ship, sailors are well known for being superstitious. Indeed she had a remarkable escape during the fighting at Jutland after her steering gear jammed which left her going around in circles, and thus a prime target!

      RobRob2 сарын өмнө
    • @Bill Bopperton this is true, all those men are a million times bigger than me. Did Warspite also have the benefit of a more recent refit? I can't remember. I'll rephrase, because Warspite stole all the glory.

      ironman tooltimeironman tooltime2 сарын өмнө
  • There was a clip of the sinking of the Barham included in the title sequence of the TV series "The World at War". My late Father-in Law survived the sinking and was able to point to himself escaping down the ship's side. The Barham was the first of three sinkings which he survived.

    silas fatchettsilas fatchett2 сарын өмнө
    • He must have got used to sleeping with his life jacket on. I joined the Air Force, I am terrified of being a victim of a ship sinking.

      Steve PerreiraSteve Perreira13 өдрийн өмнө
    • Cool story. Reminds of that famed nurse, who survived the sinking of both the Titanic and the Britannic, plus another one. One cannot call it luck, but life does have a special place for people like her and your late father in law

      reuireuiop0reuireuiop0Сарын өмнө
    • @Md Firdaus Unfortunately, neither my wife nor I can remember.

      silas fatchettsilas fatchett2 сарын өмнө
    • What was the other two sinkings he survived?

      Md FirdausMd Firdaus2 сарын өмнө
    • 3 sinkings, wow! He went through a lot.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Thank you. I never heard of this.

    David SmithDavid Smith2 сарын өмнө
    • My dad actually had a letter written by a buddy who served on the USS San Francisco that describes the battle of task force 11 and what happened on the ship. I'm still going through my mom's things hoping I'll find it. I have one of the original letters from 1856 written by Elizabeth Sager describing the Whitman Massacre which was given to my dad in 1955 when they arrived in Hayward California. They guy got it at a garage sale where someone was cleaning the place out. Did not know if it was real. I was with my dad in 1962 when the curator of the Whitman Mission verified it as authentic. It's so easy for history to be lost and forgotten. Thank you for keeping things alive

      David SmithDavid Smith2 сарын өмнө
    • You're welcome!

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • The UK Treasury refused to fund the modernisation of the Barham which, had it taken place in the 1930s as planned, would have strengthened her anti-torpedo defences. To this day, the Treasury condemns our men and women to die in obsolete, badly designed, poorly maintained and ill equipped weapon systems as we saw in the Falklands, Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Ireland and pretty much everywhere British forces are sent into battle. Treasury officials and civil servants never have to do the fighting. If they did, you can be sure many, many things would be done differently.

    Brian SmithBrian Smith2 сарын өмнө
    • @Brian Smith hardly. Bismarck was sunk, and there were no battleships of any nation which survived three torpedo hits.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
    • @doveton sturdee I think the Bismarck did alongwith some Japanese units?

      Brian SmithBrian Smith2 сарын өмнө
    • @Brian Smith Then you need to read 'British Battleships of WW2' by Raven & Roberts, or 'British Battleships, 1919-1939' by R.A. Burt. Both contain detailed accounts of Barham's extensive refit, confirming that Barham was the last ship of her class to be bulged. No account I have ever read, and certainly not the subsequent Court of Inquiry, has ever suggested that Barham should have survived. Three, or possibly four, torpedoes hit her between her funnel and Y turret. No capital ship could have been expected to survive that kind of damage.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
    • @doveton sturdee Not so as far as I can discern from what has been published. Torpedo bulges were fitted but these were passive, basically large inexpensive spaces, rather than active protection systems as had been fitted to Warspite (which was pretty much rebuilt). Many reviews of her loss conclude that she should have been able to survive the torpedo hits and made it back to port.

      Brian SmithBrian Smith2 сарын өмнө
    • Actually, that isn't correct. Barham had a major refit between 1930 & 1933, which included improvements to her anti-torpedo defences along the lines of those already carried out on Queen Elizabeth. By the start of the war, four RN capital ships had been, or were being, extensively modernised, with Barham, Malaya, Hood & Repulse next in line. With only fifteen capital ships, of which the five R class were considered unfit for front line duties and were not receiving more than minor work, the Royal Navy was only able to take two at a time out of service for full modernisation.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
  • *FOUR* minutes??? 😦😦😦 It's a miracle anybody made it out alive.

    KrautGoesWildKrautGoesWild2 сарын өмнө
    • True, and that's without that huge explosion!

      RobRob2 сарын өмнө
  • 10:12 - Jeesus Christ! look at all those poor blokes there. Seen this a lot of times but never in colour.

    2serveand2protect2serveand2protect2 сарын өмнө
  • I love new Content creators like this that share history that has been forgotten. Give a whole new perspective

    luke Figluke Fig2 сарын өмнө
  • I presume home was Portland given the memorial in Nothe Gardens.

    Marble EyeMarble Eye2 сарын өмнө
  • Does anyone know how the explosion came to be filmed?

    John DonaldsonJohn Donaldson2 сарын өмнө
    • There was a pathe news cameraman aboard HMS Valiant, filming scenes of the Mediterranean Fleet, at the time.

      doveton sturdeedoveton sturdee2 сарын өмнө
  • 10:05 bloody hell! There were 100s of men on that capsizing ship right before my eyes then BOOM! blood dust. :(

    Brian CullenBrian Cullen2 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks for the vid

    Sum DewdSum Dewd2 сарын өмнө
  • Just a park bench for a whole battleship memorial with that much loss of life? I'm speechless!

    david craig 99david craig 992 сарын өмнө
    • @Mark Fryer Your first post implies you agree with all the `tributes` to Fentanyl George. In which case, you are a woke POS in my book. If you don`t, then I apologise ..... but do try to be a little less ambiguous.

      3Vimages3Vimages2 сарын өмнө
    • @3Vimages Who are you calling a woke POS? I didn't introduce George Lloyd to the conversation, so how about you work on your reading and comprehension skills? ?

      Mark FryerMark Fryer2 сарын өмнө
    • My first impression......

      Alex WilliamsonAlex Williamson2 сарын өмнө
    • @Steven Vater Exactly Steve .... God has the West paid a huge toll for a few years of slavery.

      3Vimages3Vimages2 сарын өмнө
    • @Mark Fryer Still just wrong .... I am pretty sure none of those lads who died on the Barham robbed a pregnant woman by holding a gun to her belly. You woke POS:

      3Vimages3Vimages2 сарын өмнө
  • I remember seeing a TV program on the Mediterranean war and Barham was mentioned as a part of the program. A survivor did say that nearly 800 crew did survive.

    Frederick SaxtonFrederick Saxton2 сарын өмнө
  • Great, a plaque and a park bench and a gag order... Not cool.

    Marchello ChiovelliMarchello Chiovelli2 сарын өмнө
  • Saw HMS REPULSE, she would end up bottom.of the Sea too . With HMS PRINCE OF WALES. off Malaya East Coast. Do consider doing a vid on this too.

    kenter Shacklekenter Shackle2 сарын өмнө
  • Shortly after that the HMS HOOD was sunk. The British were now having a very bad years

    A PayneA Payne2 сарын өмнө
  • I'm another who lost family in the sinking - my twin uncles Jim and Bill Littleford were stokers. It devastated the family as I'm sure you can imagine. They got special permission to serve together and, at just 19 years old, they died together.

    SphinxQueenSphinxQueen2 сарын өмнө
    • That's so sad, there are so many stories from just one ship.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • My father's best friend "Harold Blackwell" known as "Max" was a stoker on board HMS Barham, and he was on board when she exploded, this really affected my father, and my brother was named Max in his honour.

    Jet PigeonJet Pigeon2 сарын өмнө
  • It was the way the Hood went down a hit in her magazines....That brought a lot of ships down...

    packingtenpackingten2 сарын өмнө
  • She was a beautiful ship and God bless them brave men the Queen Elizabeth class is my favorite class they are a beautiful ship just like the queen herself God bless the queen I would have no problem at all sleeping aboard this ship being rocked to sleep by the Sea Queen herself three ships were legendary tough these ships were laid down right and built right and we all know they were tough all you have to do is mention the wasp bite then you have the enemy quaking in his boots the English really knew how to build them ships uptightness and dry as salt🇬🇧⚓ good job lad

    thomas sorrelsthomas sorrels2 сарын өмнө
    • Thanks for your comment. They really were beautiful ships.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • how come these 2 crackpots get airtime they must have payed for it

    peter schadinskypeter schadinsky2 сарын өмнө
  • Enjoyed immensely thanks, pls more of the same.

    Greg GregoryGreg Gregory2 сарын өмнө
    • Thanks very much. I intend to bring you more,

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • 30inch belt ?

    Shuqin ZhouShuqin Zhou2 сарын өмнө
    • I think it was 13 inch belt.

      Brian TitchenerBrian Titchener2 сарын өмнө
  • I sank the Braham! On Atlantic Fleet a few times 😸

    MelvorgazhMelvorgazh2 сарын өмнө
  • Helen Duncan, a Scottish medium, was the last woman convicted under the Witchcraft Act of 1753. She revealed the sinking of the Barham at a seance in Portsmouth just two or three days after the loss.This suggests that the sinking already was the subject of gossip in Pompey.

    Patrick LawsPatrick Laws2 сарын өмнө
  • Best doco of HMS Barham to date. My grandad went down with Barham after 18 years service in the RN. Was witnessed making it out, but didn't survive the explosion. Which considering Barham was under sustained torpedo attack, I know to be a torpedo explosion.

    Ripped HoffRipped Hoff2 сарын өмнө
    • Thanks very much for your comment

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Very good indeed. Excellent commentary and use of archive photos. My dear dad was in the RN 1944-46, mainly on small ships, and I have had a life-long fascination with naval history. I look forward to more.

    Simon BougheySimon Boughey2 сарын өмнө
    • Thanks you very much for your comment.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Why that noise in the background?

    Kjell GjareKjell Gjare2 сарын өмнө
    • To what noise are you referring

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • How come her 13-inch waterline belt didn't save her ?

    ThamMalaysiaThamMalaysia2 сарын өмнө
    • The Belt armour was a protection against shells and ended under the waterline. Protection against torpedo hits was given by special underwaterprotection of the hull divided in several watertight compartements. Like the german Dreadnoughts from Nassu to Tirpitz. But it's doubtful if any ship could match a punch like Barham got. Three torpedohits in a small area. I Think no chance to survive.

      Christian KlerxChristian Klerx2 сарын өмнө
    • As said tree torpedoes hit in a very smal area.No armor can withstand that

      Henrik KrygerHenrik Kryger2 сарын өмнө
  • very very sad the the amount of killed is not mentioned.!!!

    Joseph DuPontJoseph DuPont2 сарын өмнө
    • @Joseph DuPont I mention it in the script, right after the explosion.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
    • Was that on the monument???

      Joseph DuPontJoseph DuPont2 сарын өмнө
    • I did mention it. I said 'there was no escape for 862 of her crew'.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Thanks very much, my dad was on HMS Barham from 1937 until 1941. While Barham was in Durban my dad met and married my mom who was a South African. A couple of days before Barham was due to return to the Med my dad was knocked down by a speeding car and very seriously injured and so Barham left Durban without him. I grew up with loads of stories about life on this ship, she was definitely my dad's favourite.

    Ian RowlesIan Rowles2 сарын өмнө
    • @Ian Rowles BA opened a direct flight from LHR to Durban then covid hit ! Happy days. Cheers stay safe.

      Uncle StukaUncle Stuka2 сарын өмнө
    • @Uncle Stuka Interesting, we used to holiday in Durban when I was a kid, that beachfront was fantastic. Funnily enough, the last place my mom and dad lived in SA was PE.

      Ian RowlesIan Rowles2 сарын өмнө
    • @Ian Rowles Thanks Ian, I guessed your Mum and Dad returned to ZA . It was a different country then. In the end my aunt returned to GB. ( I had some great times in P.E. and Durban )

      Uncle StukaUncle Stuka2 сарын өмнө
    • @Uncle Stuka My dad finished off his service with the RN in 1947 then went back to South Africa and in 1948 moved to what was then Southern Rhodesia, (now Zimbabwe) where I was born. It's a long interesting story. In 1993 I emigrated to the Uk and my dad and mom followed soon after.

      Ian RowlesIan Rowles2 сарын өмнө
    • Did Mum and Dad ever go back to South Africa ? my aunt was stationed there and never went back to GB.

      Uncle StukaUncle Stuka2 сарын өмнө
  • Omg I wish you'd posted this last year while my uncle frank loy was still alive. He served on her but fate had him sent to gunnery school 2week previous to her sinking. Finished his service on MTB's from weymouth. I must visit the memorial.

    Sobaguest & ickyboo's (Sobaguest)Sobaguest & ickyboo's (Sobaguest)2 сарын өмнө
  • Concisely writern an well put together. Barham and the 5th Battle Squadron also came under concentrated fire from the main High Seas Fleet coming perilously close to destruction.

    VespelianVespelian2 сарын өмнө
    • Thanks very much

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • My heart goes out to the families of the gallant sailors who lost their lives aboard this most unfortunate of dreadnoughts. The film of the catastrophic explosion that sent HMS Barham to the bottom is one of the most famous of WW II and has been shown all over the world. It is even stock footage for Hollywood films and is likely to turn up unexpectedly as part of programming completely unrelated to the history of the war. Imagine having lost a loved one and seeing the last moment of his life replayed over and over again, sometimes crashing into your consciousness at the most unexpected moment. For us, that film may be a vivid record of a stunning moment in history, but for the families of the lost it must have been like the further reopening of a wound never allowed to heal. My prayers and sympathies go to them as much as to the sailors who never made it back home.

    Richard WesleyRichard Wesley2 сарын өмнө
    • These 'gallant sailors' were lambs to be slaughtered while the Admiralty safely ashore ate turkey and guzzled gin. Unbelievable - well, almost.

      Ross BrownRoss Brown2 сарын өмнө
  • So sad a few of the lads were from dundee my mum nora told me the family were told to say nothing her brother archie banks went down also famous boxer Micky summers his best pal.and preston watson early aviator son as well .Archie's mum marie never got over the loss of her son

    Harry BuikHarry Buik2 сарын өмнө
    • Such a tragedy. We owe these men so much.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Holy cow...I was NOT expecting that! I was focused on the people sliding over the keel and then Bam! wow...was Barham the same class as the Hood, then? The same thing happened...was there a flaw in the design or placement of the magazine that caused the Barham to get the Hood treatment like that?

    Wild Mountain GwendyWild Mountain Gwendy2 сарын өмнө
    • @Wild Mountain Gwendy Hello. There were more battleships exploding in WWI and II. Queen Mary, Invincible or Hood blew up when flames reached the magazines for the propellant charges, kept in silk bags. Not the shell magazines. The british propellant charges had problems with the used cordite. It seems to be very instable even when normally stored in the magazines. HMS Audacious exploded in the same way when she capsized after hours of slow sinking due to incoming water after hit by a mine. Or HMS Vanguard lying at anchor in Scapa Flow and exploding suddenly and unexpected without any enemy contact. Does anybody really knows how old the stored ammunition was?

      Christian KlerxChristian Klerx2 сарын өмнө
    • @Andrew Tadd Thank you for the information! I’m new to this navy stuff but fascinated. One more question please....Since these are the only two ships that ‘exploded’ in such a specific fashion, was there a question over magazine placement, or the lack of armor ABOVE the magazine, and not necessarily on the side of the ships that was similar? Was this something the British Royal Navy decided to look at as an improvement or even flaw?

      Wild Mountain GwendyWild Mountain Gwendy2 сарын өмнө
    • No the 2 ships were of different classes, the Hood being a Battle Cruiser lightly armoured but heavily armed (15 inch guns) and were designed for high speed pursuit and scouting. Whereas HMS Barnham was a Super Dreadnought heavily armoured and heavily armed but still reasonably fast, designed to overpower all other vessels around and slug it out with the biggest the enemy had to offer.

      Andrew TaddAndrew Tadd2 сарын өмнө
  • Queen Elizabeth class battleships inspired Japanese battleships like Nagato and Kirishima. If any of the Queen Elizabeth class is found in the Pacific, it will be easily mistaken as IJN battleships mentioned above.

    mike81920mike819202 сарын өмнө
  • Amazing video of it blowing up. Coloured?

    Rory O BrienRory O Brien2 сарын өмнө
  • The cameraman had just started filming when the ship was turning over. He was professional enough to keep filming when the ship exploded. Most people would put the camera down, but he was focused enough to keep filming. The film wasn't released until after the war.

    Ken OwensKen Owens2 сарын өмнө
    • @Frederick Saxton Cheapens it by colourising ...should have used the original black & white in my opinion

      Jim TuiteJim Tuite2 сарын өмнө
    • @Frederick Saxton : Aye it has been.

      ADAM STEELEADAM STEELE2 сарын өмнө
    • @The Northern Historian Has the film been computer colourised? I have seen it many times but only in black and white.

      Frederick SaxtonFrederick Saxton2 сарын өмнө
    • The camera man did an excellent job of recording this awful event.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Wow

    Jeremiah BrunerJeremiah Bruner2 сарын өмнө
  • Commentator has a Geordie accent.

    alneal100alneal1002 сарын өмнө
    • Well spotted, I do indeed!

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • My uncle also served on HMS Barham but was killed in New York harbour apparently he fell over the side between the ship and quayside RIP uncle Arthur

    Peter PikesleyPeter Pikesley2 сарын өмнө
    • What a dreadful accident! RIP

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • To see those battleships in formation, you'd think they were invincible.

    richard brownrichard brown2 сарын өмнө
    • They were quite a sight

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө
  • Speake in spanish pleasee!!

    Guillermo Andres MarinelliGuillermo Andres Marinelli2 сарын өмнө
    • I'm so sorry, Spanish is not my strongest unfortunately.

      The Northern HistorianThe Northern Historian2 сарын өмнө