thanks for posting this interesting article !
Buzz is clearly a competent person, able to analyze the engagement in a very good way, taking into account mostly very reliable sources and references !
I agree with you that he is a great "fan" of HMS Hood: some of his statements on her armor and readiness for combat against a modern 35,000 tons battleship like Bismarck are IMO over-estimations.
Main points I disagree with Buzz re. Hood vs Bismarck/KGV characteristic are (I think we all have discussed at long here these):
1) he consider Hood a fast battleship, that is true as per WWI parameters, surely not for WWII parameters.
2) he doesn't take into account the design and the quality of the Hood armor, he just counts the inches of steel (e.g. 7" over magazines are just a sum of the 3 (or 4) mild steel decks over mags)
3) he seems to ignore the fact (clearly exposed by Mr.Jurens) that after concluding her second 20° turn to port, the Hood vertical protection was becoming more and more dangerously exposed to a direct penetration of the powerful German 15" shells.
4) he underestimates Bismarck vertical protection not taking into account the slope that made her vitals almost invulnerable (as demonstrated on May 27).
5) he repeats the wrong statement according which Bismarck communication system was not protected (where?)
6) he overestimates the statistical probability of a hit in the Hood mags (Adm.Santarini estimates 40 full salvos (30/40 minutes at the actual RoF at DS) to be the right amount of time needed to have the probability 1 for a catastrophic explosion, while Buzz says 3 hours.....).The most interesting and correct part is the fair
(and mostly in synch with our discussions here) analysis of PoW level of training and gunnery performance
, especially when compared with the other ships of the KGV class.
Here as well he seems however to underestimate German performances, attributing "only" 4 hits to Bismarck (while a they were 3 on PoW and possibly 2 or 3 on Hood) and stating PG fired 178 shells (they were just 157).
Overall, an interesting article !
"It takes three years to build a ship; it takes three centuries to build a tradition" (Adm.A.B.Cunningham)