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HMS Barham

The 31,100 ton British battleship blows up in the Mediterranean, north of Sidi Barrani, after being hit on the port side by three torpedoes from the German submarine U-331 commanded by Kptlt. von Tiesenhausen. About four minutes after the torpedoes struck, the Barham's 15-inch magazine exploded, which completely disintegrated the battleship and sending up an enormous cloud of black smoke which covered her sinking. A total of 862 crewmen perished including her commander, Captain G. C. Cooke. There were 449 men rescued from the water by the destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMAS Nizam. The U-331 was later sunk on November 17, 1942, by torpedo-carrying Swordfish from the carrier HMS Formidable. (32 men died, 15 were rescued). Kptlt. Hans-Diedrich Tiesenhausen was one of the rescued and survived the war. He died on August 17, 2000, in Vancouver, Canada, at the age of 85.

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Hi Smudge, if You log onto You'll find Video clips one of which is HMS Barham blowing up. A lot of other stuff as well. Rgds. Tony 215.

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Cheers Tony.Will be in touch soon with more pictures of the "Are".All the best Brian 211

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