The Final Moments of HMS Barham

Commissioned in August 1915, HMS Barham saw significant action in both world wars. In the first, the Queen Elizabeth-class battleship suffered considerable damage after colliding with her sister ship, but was repaired and became one of the most accurate and deadly British ships at the Battle of Jutland.

After a refit in the interwar period, HMS Barham was stationed in the Mediterranean at the outbreak of the Second World War where she again saw substantial action. This video shows newsreel footage shot from an adjacent ship on 25 November 1941 when HMS Barham was struck by three German torpedoes and sank within four minutes. 841 of the 1,184 crew members died.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.