HMS Barham Explodes & Sinks: World War II (1941) | British Pathé

HMS Barham Explodes & Sinks: World War II (1941) | British Pathé

Experience the final moments of the Queen Elizabeth Battleship, HMS Barham, when it was struck by torpedoes from a German submarine during World War II which resulted in a terrifying explosion. This archive footage was remarkably captured by Pathé News cameraman, John Turner, on an adjacent ship.

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Dramatic Newsreel footage captured the sinking of the Queen Elizabeth Battleship. A salvo of torpedoes from a German submarine struck from close range on HMS Barham on November 25, 1941 in the Mediterranean. Within four minutes, the battleship had listed over to Port and the ships magazines had exploded, sinking the battleship and killing 863 men. The terrifying explosion was caught on film by Pathé cameraman John Turner who was on an adjacent ship.

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