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Other titles:MEDITERRANEAN OPERATIONS OF THE ROYAL NAVY [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The sinking of the battleship HMS Barham by the German submarine U-331. Barham was torpedoed in 32.34N. 26.24E and blew up within five minutes. Casualties numbered 56 officers and 806 men.
Description: MS of HMS Barham listing heavily to port, towards the camera - her secondary 6-inch guns already underwater. MLS off the port bow as she begins to roll over. The capsizing ship suddenly blows up in a huge explosion, only her bows remaining visible, steeply canted at the edge of the smoke pall. Debris from the explosion rains into the sea. Various shots emphasise the extent of the smoke pall remaining after the ship has disappeared. Film then cuts to a MS off the starboard quarter of Barham steaming in quarter line with HMS Queen Elizabeth - the Queen Elizabeth fires after 4.5-inch AA. Final shot reverts to the sinking - Barham is shown listing, Queen Elizabeth in the background.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Gaumont British News (Production company)
Turner, P J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Navy, BARHAM (HMS), battleship (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Queen Elizabeth (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - battleship: Barham & [wrecked] (object name)
ships, British naval - battleship: Queen Elizabeth & [-] (object name)
Second World War & Barham, sinking of & 25/11/1941 (event)