View Full Version : HMS Barham, Rest in peace (video link)

02-03-2006, 07:30 PM
An important piece of historical film footage - The final moments of HMS Barham (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7009975008653689943).

I have seen the footage before on TV. Every time I see it, I am shocked by the violence of the explosion.

Excerpt from the HMS Barham Association website (http://www.watersideweb.co.uk/Barham/index.htm):

How HMS Barham was sunk

BARHAM (Capt Cooke), 25th November 1941, Eastern Mediterranean, N of Sidi Barrani (c 32-30'N, 26-30'E) - by 3 torpedoes from German U-331.

With Mediterranean Fleet from Alexandria covering sorties by Malta and Alexandria-based cruiser forces against Italian convoys to Libya. Turned over and exploded with 861 men lost and 450 survivors. (North African Campaign)

On 25th of November 1941, out of Sollum in position 32.34N and 26.24E in the Mediterranean, Kptlt. Hans-Diedrich Freiherr von Tiesenhausen in his U-331 U-boat of Type VIIC came within torpedo range of the British 31,100 ton battleship HMS Barham which was out on a sortie from Alexandria. Kptlt. Von Tiesenhausen fired a spread of 4 torpedoes towards the group, 3 of which hit HMS Barham's port side causing it to list heavily and spread fire towards the ammunition storages.

Only 2 and a half minutes passed from the torpedo impact until the ship rolled onto its side and the aft magazine exploded killing 862 out of its roughly 1260 man complement. U-331 took a terrible beating from Barham's defending destroyers but managed to slip away and return safely on 21th of February 1942 to Salamis, Greece.

02-03-2006, 10:11 PM
Amazing footage of Barham's last moments, such a steady hand even at the point of the explosion and obviously the after effects of the explosion. It's suprising to see such quality in the recording after all this time http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

02-03-2006, 11:48 PM
Wicked video. It would suck to be trying to go over board when that thing went up.

02-04-2006, 07:42 AM
Incredible video. Thanks for the link!

Could you imagine the noise of that explosion? And I wonder what it was like being in U-331.

02-04-2006, 09:01 AM
Incredible.. I just seen a photo of a friend of mine's father (one of the survivors). Nearly an exact replica of himself. I'll phone him now

Great stuff!