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HMS Barham Explodes and Sinks (1941)

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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 Pathe cameraman John Turner who was on an adjacent ship.

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    kevin garner
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    should haave wiped germany out i mean nuked should have nuked them

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    Steve Taylor
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    All men who board a ship know that anything can happen at anytime. It doesn't matter if your in port or under way. There are so many ways to be injured,you put it out of mind and do your job. That's the way it's is, that's the way it will always be. I send my respects to all sailors who have done the job and who will do the job. BZ

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    Sum Ting Wong
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    shockwave at 0:20

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    Oracle Gaming
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    425. They Were So Close…

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    mikkel hansen
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Warning you will find a high amount of people who had grandfathers on this ship……

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    Steve Walters
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I only found out a few years ago that our next door neighbour since 1965 was a survivor. He told me that he was standing alongside his friend when the explosion happened. He found himself under water and swam up to the surface. He never saw his friend again.

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    Rubashow
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Rest in peace, seamen.

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    P Jay
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Wow all those guys on the hull when it exploded. Amazed those guys at the bow never got blown off by the shock wave. Notice how quickly she rolled after the fatal explosion too? She is upside down within seconds. Must have awful for those onboard and for those watching.

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    Roger Lecucq
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Interesting little snippet saying that only one britisch battleship was sunk by the germans. But what about the putting out of action of HMS Queen Elisabeth and HMS Valiant in Alexandria Harbour by Italien Special forces by mines in 1941 also? Both were out oft action for months on end. Not a single mention by british pathe as Churchill put an information stop over the embarassing incident. Now thats what I call britisch propaganda……..2 more ships out of service and nobody in Britain knew about it…….smart!

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    something in current year
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Guys, hands down: The quality of this footage is GODLIKE considering more than half of youtube content is filmed with more of a potato than this.

    I understand that this footage is captured with film, and not low quality digital, but still. I have not seen better looking footage of naval content than this.

    Thank you for uploading this.

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    Peter B
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    What I saw was tragic very tragic indeed.
    Some people here seem to focus on the technical details of an explosion or some obscure political point.
    You read some of the comments on these forums and you realize just how much humanity has been eroded.

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    Daniel Kunkle
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Horrific. Not even shown until after the war for obvious reasons. Heck, I don't think any footage during or the aftermath of Pearl harbor was shown to the public for at least a year.

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    Ripped hoff
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    My grandad Sydney Bruty died on this ship after 18 years service in the RN, he made it out but didn't survive the explosion. RIP grandad, I will always dearly miss not having you in my life. My loss was the imputes for me to find out what really happened here. HMS Barham was sunk by a sustained torpedo attack. The massive explosion was caused by a torpedo striking the stern as she capsized. There is evidence of this. Some say torpedo's don't explode like that, watch YouTube Australian torpedo test or alike.

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    Null Void
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    People on here are seriously going to nitpick over who, what and why? How about sympathy and thanks for these kids who died in such a horrible way! And Hitler really wanted peace? I guess the Jews must have missed that meeting! YHGTBFKMYSDMFAH's!

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    Ann Brown
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    my Uncle was one on the Barham that did Not Survive

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    Jakob Knold
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    no shockwave?

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    HorusHeresy1982
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Terrible music. It's just offensive to know people lost their lives an they needed to dramatize it.

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    Charlie Wilson
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Thanks for sharing this.

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    glup2glup
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Good job, in memory of all french sailors assassined in Mers el Kebir.

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    Richard Kestla
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    the sinking of HMS Barham was responsible for the last ever witchcraft trial in Britain, I kid you not, look it up

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    Александр Медведев
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Путин в прошлое переместился и вуаля корыто скоропостижно скончалось)))))

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    Michael Lee
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    My Dad was a 17 year old able seaman onboard the Barham at the time and survived

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    Mike Williamson
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Obviously controlled demolition.

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    LastStrikeGaming
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    May the deceased crew of the HMS Barham rest in peace. I now have more respect for the British

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    Angel Valdiviano
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    like si viniste por Dross :v

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    Colin Dempsey
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Very very distressing to see.

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    Wynick Roaklain
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    that's quite the impressive explosion

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    Ned Barham
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    What a explosion

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    Whidbey Hiker
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Description is wrong. The magazine did not explode. That was a boiler explosion. When the water ran down the stacks and flooded the hot boilers they exploded.

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    仁佐田澤Hitoshi Sawa
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    why dose the ammo blow the BBS up when the roll over ?

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    Sclohayahu Golden wankenstein
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Did they died?

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    Christian French
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Imagine the explosion on the Hood then, an even bigger ship that suffered the same fate of a magazine exploding. May they rest in peace.

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    Matthew Segaya
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    That cameraman has got to have balls of steel for him to keep the camera rolling during the explosion

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    Tim F
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Can anyone tell from where/what this was filmed?

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    Нвер Давтян
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    кто от алко

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    Роман Демин
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Ну что,
    Как поплавали?

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    Wyatt Y Grose
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Jeez, talk about shrapnel. Like massive steel plates flying through the air at tremendous speeds.

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    John Vandeventer
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Just painful to watch

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    Blue Sky
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Ab gesoffen mit mann und maus.

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    AdmiralWolfrem.
    February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    To me, A exploding ship is Beautiful and terrifying at the same time.

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