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* At El Alamein Montgomery came very close to ''annihilating'' the Axis forces in North Africa. He failed because five Italian divisions[[note]]132nd and 133rd armoured Ariete and Littorio, 102nd motorized Trento, 17th infantry Pavia and the 185th airborne Folgore[[/note]] fought four separate rear-guard actions (Pavia and Folgore fighting together) to the last round, holding the Eight Army long enough for the rest of the Italian troops and the majority of the Afrika Korps to retreat.

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* At El Alamein Montgomery [[UsefulNotes/BernardLawMontgomery Montgomery]] came very close to ''annihilating'' the Axis forces in North Africa. He failed because five Italian divisions[[note]]132nd and 133rd armoured Ariete and Littorio, 102nd motorized Trento, 17th infantry Pavia and the 185th airborne Folgore[[/note]] fought four separate rear-guard actions (Pavia and Folgore fighting together) to the last round, holding the Eight Army long enough for the rest of the Italian troops and the majority of the Afrika Korps to retreat.



* Korean Admiral Yi-Sun-Sin got a cool one during the invasion of Japan into his homeland. His fleet was blockading a port taken by the Japanese, but enemy reinforcements were on their way. Yi went away with a part of his fleet to meet the enemy reinforcements. The odds were against him were about 150 to 500 Japanese. After a battle taking most of the night, the Japanese tried to run. Yi ordered his ships to pursue, beating the drum himself to urge the rowers to row ever faster. They overtook them ship by ship, firing at them with their cannons, while enemy arquebuses returned fire. Then, for a bit, the drum faltered. Only his son, his nephew and a single servant saw that Yi had been struck by one of the enemy shots. They rushed to his side, asking how they could help him. He answered, with his last breath, "We are about to win the war. Keep beating the drum. Do not let anyone know of my death." His son took up the mallet and continued beating the drum. [[ElCidPloy Yi's son and nephew both took a set of Yi's armor, and took up command. For hours they commanded as if they were Yi.]] Only as the sun set, the sea filled with wrecks, and a Chinese commander sailed his flagship to Yi to invite him to celebrate, the fleet learned that Yi had died. It was the last naval battle of the war. 300 Japanese ships were destroyed or captured.

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* Korean Admiral Yi-Sun-Sin Yi Sun-Sin got a cool one during the invasion of Japan into his homeland. His fleet was blockading a port taken by the Japanese, but enemy reinforcements were on their way. Yi went away with a part of his fleet to meet the enemy reinforcements. The odds were against him were about 150 to 500 Japanese. After a battle taking most of the night, the Japanese tried to run. Yi ordered his ships to pursue, beating the drum himself to urge the rowers to row ever faster. They overtook them ship by ship, firing at them with their cannons, while enemy arquebuses returned fire. Then, for a bit, the drum faltered. Only his son, his nephew and a single servant saw that Yi had been struck by one of the enemy shots. They rushed to his side, asking how they could help him. He answered, with his last breath, "We are about to win the war. Keep beating the drum. Do not let anyone know of my death." His son took up the mallet and continued beating the drum. [[ElCidPloy Yi's son and nephew both took a set of Yi's armor, and took up command. For hours they commanded as if they were Yi.]] Only as the sun set, the sea filled with wrecks, and a Chinese commander sailed his flagship to Yi to invite him to celebrate, the fleet learned that Yi had died. It was the last naval battle of the war. 300 Japanese ships were destroyed or captured.



* [[https://www.npr.org/2019/05/01/719222196/unc-charlotte-shooting-victim-is-honored-as-a-hero-for-tackling-shooter Riley Howell]] tackled a shooter on the UNC Charlotte campus, saving the lives of several of his fellow students. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

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* [[https://www.npr.org/2019/05/01/719222196/unc-charlotte-shooting-victim-is-honored-as-a-hero-for-tackling-shooter Riley Howell]] tackled a shooter on the UNC Charlotte campus, saving the lives of several of his fellow students. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.Star (which he was eligible for because he was an ROTC cadet, i.e. officer trainee).


** [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5Aq7g4bil7bnGi0A8gTsawu The life of this guy was amazing, if you want to learn more at Extra History]]
*** Like seriously, this guy won ALL his naval battles, and fought a 12/130 battle!


* Creator/ChadwickBoseman died of colon cancer in August 28, 2020, a disease he was diagnosed with since 2016. Between those years, Boseman had his best known films such as ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame''.


* The American actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_Morrow Vic Morrow]] (father of actress Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh), during the filming of the [[Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie Twilight Zone]] movie, died while trying to save a bunch of child actors when a stunt helicopter crashed near to them. Two of the kids died with him, the three ''[[OffWithHisHead beheaded]]'' by the helicopter blades, but the others were safely retrieved thanks to Morrow's efforts.

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* The American actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic_Morrow Vic Morrow]] (father Creator/VicMorrow, father of actress Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh), Creator/JenniferJasonLeigh, during the filming of the [[Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie Twilight Zone]] movie, ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'', died while trying to save a bunch of child actors when a stunt helicopter crashed near to them. Two of the kids died with him, the three ''[[OffWithHisHead beheaded]]'' by the helicopter blades, but the others were safely retrieved thanks to Morrow's efforts.


* Two words: [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror "Let's roll."]] After nineteen years this may need some context to make sense, and if not it's still worth telling the whole story. During the September 11th attacks, there were four hijacked planes: two hit the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon, and the fourth - United Flight 93 - crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. For a while, it wasn't clear what had happened to United 93, but then recordings of several phone calls made by the passengers and flight crew were found. The most famous of those calls, made by passenger Todd Beamer, included the explanation that he and several others on board were planning to rush the hijackers and attempt to take back control of the plane. Beamer's call ended with the words (addressed to someone else aboard the plane) "Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's roll." No one aboard the plane survived, but thanks to the resistance the hijackers failed to reach their target (possibly the US Capitol Building or the White House) and many more lives were probably saved.

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* Two words: [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror "Let's roll."]] After nineteen years Long after the fact, this may need some context to make sense, and if not it's still worth telling the whole story. During the September 11th attacks, there were four hijacked planes: two hit the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon, and the fourth - United Flight 93 - crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. For a while, it wasn't clear what had happened to United 93, but then recordings of several phone calls made by the passengers and flight crew were found. The most famous of those calls, made by passenger Todd Beamer, included the explanation that he and several others on board were planning to rush the hijackers and attempt to take back control of the plane. Beamer's call ended with the words (addressed to someone else aboard the plane) "Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's roll." No one aboard the plane survived, but thanks to the resistance the hijackers failed to reach their target (possibly the US Capitol Building or the White House) and many more lives were probably saved.

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* Robert Landsburg was a photographer who'd spent several weeks photographing Mount St. Helens, which was on the verge of erupting. On May 18th, 1980, when the volcano finally did erupt, Landsburg was only four miles away and had no chance to escape. Knowing this, he photographed as much of the eruption as he could, leaving himself enough time to wind up his film into its case, place his camera in its bag, place that bag into his backpack, and lay his body on top of the bag to protect it. His body was found 17 days later, buried in ash and with his film intact. His photographs proved incredibly valuable in documenting the historic eruption.


* Two words: [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror "Let's roll."]] After eighteen years this may need some context to make sense, and if not it's still worth telling the whole story. During the September 11th attacks, there were four hijacked planes: two hit the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon, and the fourth - United Flight 93 - crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. For a while, it wasn't clear what had happened to United 93, but then recordings of several phone calls made by the passengers and flight crew were found. The most famous of those calls, made by passenger Todd Beamer, included the explanation that he and several others on board were planning to rush the hijackers and attempt to take back control of the plane. Beamer's call ended with the words (addressed to someone else aboard the plane) "Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's roll." No one aboard the plane survived, but thanks to the resistance the hijackers failed to reach their target (possibly the US Capitol Building or the White House) and many more lives were probably saved.

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* Two words: [[UsefulNotes/TheWarOnTerror "Let's roll."]] After eighteen nineteen years this may need some context to make sense, and if not it's still worth telling the whole story. During the September 11th attacks, there were four hijacked planes: two hit the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon, and the fourth - United Flight 93 - crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. For a while, it wasn't clear what had happened to United 93, but then recordings of several phone calls made by the passengers and flight crew were found. The most famous of those calls, made by passenger Todd Beamer, included the explanation that he and several others on board were planning to rush the hijackers and attempt to take back control of the plane. Beamer's call ended with the words (addressed to someone else aboard the plane) "Are you guys ready? Okay. Let's roll." No one aboard the plane survived, but thanks to the resistance the hijackers failed to reach their target (possibly the US Capitol Building or the White House) and many more lives were probably saved.


* Creator/ChadwickBoseman died of colon cancer in August 28, 2020, a disease he was diagnosed with since 2016. Between those years, Boseman had his best known films such as ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame''.

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* Creator/ChadwickBoseman died of colon cancer in August 28, 2020, a disease he was diagnosed with since 2016. Between those years, Boseman had his best known films such as ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame''.''Film/AvengersEndgame''.
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saragarhi The Battle of]] [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/21sikhs.html Saragarhi]]: ''21'' Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment in [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj British Indian]] Army were stationed at a remote and lightly fortified outpost on the northern Indian border. The outpost itself was primarily a signaling outpost, linking two larger British forts by line of sight to its east and west. On the 12th of September 1897, ''10,000'' Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen marched southward to take this outpost as a prelude to invading British India. The outpost's commanding officer, Ishar Singh gave his men a choice; to evacuate to one of the nearby British forts and fight the enemy there, or to stand and fight to the death. Knowing that they were probably all that stood between the enemy and the heartland of the British Raj, all 20 elected to stay. Though outnumbered ''roughly 500:1'', [[note]]Using modern estimates, the Greeks at Thermopylae were outnumbered roughly 200:1 during their last stand[[/note]] the Sikhs managed to hold off the tribesmen for the entire day. Some amazing feats of heroism include denying two attempts by the tribesmen to ZergRush the main gate, in an era where the [[MoreDakka machine-gun]] hadn't been invented, and Ishar Singh [[YouShallNotPass single-handedly holding the breached outer walls]] in order to allow his men to fall back to the inner fortifications. He died valiantly in hand-to-hand combat against a horde of rifle-swinging tribesmen, armed only with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirpan Kirpan dagger]]. We know this as the Sikh contingent's signalman, Gurmukh Singh, was reporting to the other fort the events of the battle blow-by-blow while sniping enemy soldiers from the outpost's signal tower. Eventually, Gurmukh was the ''[[EverybodysDeadDave last of the 21 left alive by the end of the day]]. He continued to snipe tribesmen from the signal tower, which the enemy had [[KillItWithFire set on fire]] in order to kill him. Once he ran out of ammunition, it is said that he [[SerialEscalation fixed his bayonet]] [[DefiantToTheEnd and charged the enemy]], yelling the regimental [[BattleCry battle-cry]] "Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal!!" [[note]]Translation: ''"He who cries 'God is Truth' is ever victorious!"''[[/note]] He is personally credited with killing 20 of the enemy before succumbing. The number of tribesmen the Sikhs [[TakingYouWithMe took with them ranges between 180 to 800]]. Thanks to their sacrifice, the tribesmen lost the element of surprise and were turned back when they tried to attack the next fort (which was able to receive reinforcements the day after the battle). When relief forces finally reclaimed the outpost, they found that not a single Sikh had an unexpended round of ammunition. The average soldier of the day carried 400 rounds each. When their story was brought before British Parliament, it was received with a standing ovation. Each Sikh posthumously received the Indian equivalent of the Victoria Cross, and to this day Sikhs around the world celebrate the 12th of September as ''Saragarhi Day'', to commemorate their last stand.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saragarhi The Battle of]] [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/21sikhs.html Saragarhi]]: ''21'' Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikh Regiment in [[UsefulNotes/TheRaj British Indian]] Army were stationed at a remote and lightly fortified outpost on the northern Indian border. The outpost itself was primarily a signaling outpost, linking two larger British forts by line of sight to its east and west. On the 12th of September 1897, ''10,000'' Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen marched southward to take this outpost as a prelude to invading British India. The outpost's commanding officer, Ishar Singh gave his men a choice; to evacuate to one of the nearby British forts and fight the enemy there, or to stand and fight to the death. Knowing that they were probably all that stood between the enemy and the heartland of the British Raj, all 20 elected to stay. Though outnumbered ''roughly 500:1'', [[note]]Using modern estimates, the Greeks at Thermopylae were outnumbered roughly 200:1 during their last stand[[/note]] the Sikhs managed to hold off the tribesmen for the entire day. Some amazing feats of heroism include denying two attempts by the tribesmen to ZergRush the main gate, in an era where the [[MoreDakka machine-gun]] hadn't been invented, and Ishar Singh [[YouShallNotPass single-handedly holding the breached outer walls]] in order to allow his men to fall back to the inner fortifications. He died valiantly in hand-to-hand combat against a horde of rifle-swinging tribesmen, armed only with a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirpan Kirpan dagger]]. We know this as the Sikh contingent's signalman, Gurmukh Singh, was reporting to the other fort the events of the battle blow-by-blow while sniping enemy soldiers from the outpost's signal tower. Eventually, Gurmukh was the ''[[EverybodysDeadDave last of the 21 left alive by the end of the day]].day]]''. He continued to snipe tribesmen from the signal tower, which the enemy had [[KillItWithFire set on fire]] in order to kill him. Once he ran out of ammunition, it is said that he [[SerialEscalation fixed his bayonet]] [[DefiantToTheEnd and charged the enemy]], yelling the regimental [[BattleCry battle-cry]] "Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal!!" [[note]]Translation: ''"He who cries 'God is Truth' is ever victorious!"''[[/note]] He is personally credited with killing 20 of the enemy before succumbing. The number of tribesmen the Sikhs [[TakingYouWithMe took with them ranges between 180 to 800]]. Thanks to their sacrifice, the tribesmen lost the element of surprise and were turned back when they tried to attack the next fort (which was able to receive reinforcements the day after the battle). When relief forces finally reclaimed the outpost, they found that not a single Sikh had an unexpended round of ammunition. The average soldier of the day carried 400 rounds each. When their story was brought before British Parliament, it was received with a standing ovation. Each Sikh posthumously received the Indian equivalent of the Victoria Cross, and to this day Sikhs around the world celebrate the 12th of September as ''Saragarhi Day'', to commemorate their last stand.


* Sam Simon, one of the three people who helped develop ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' along with Creator/MattGroening and Creator/JamesLBrooks, learned in 2012 that he was dying of pancreatic cancer. While he also left money for his family and for the lifelong care of his dogs, he had every penny of his vast fortune[[note]]although he left the series in 1993, since he was a developer, he still earned tens of million dollars ''a year''[[/note]] to charities he supported in life.

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* Sam Simon, one of the three people who helped develop ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' along with Creator/MattGroening and Creator/JamesLBrooks, learned in 2012 that he was dying of pancreatic cancer. While he also left money for his family and for the lifelong care of his dogs, he had every penny of his vast fortune[[note]]although he left the series in 1993, since he was a developer, he still earned tens of million dollars ''a year''[[/note]] to charities he supported in life.life.
* Creator/ChadwickBoseman died of colon cancer in August 28, 2020, a disease he was diagnosed with since 2016. Between those years, Boseman had his best known films such as ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', and ''Film/AvengersEndgame''.


* Lauren Hill. For more details, see the "Basketball" folder under [[Heartwarming/RealLifeSports "Heartwarming Real Life Sports"]] moments... or hop on over to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] and take a look at the page on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game the specific game]] that elevated her to a national story in the last months of 2014.

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* Lauren Hill. For more details, see the "Basketball" folder under [[Heartwarming/RealLifeSports "Heartwarming Real Life Sports"]] moments... moments, or hop on over to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] and take a look at the page on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game the specific game]] that elevated her to a national story in the last months of 2014.


* Too many to count aboard ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic.'', but here are some:

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* Too many to count aboard ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic.'', ''UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic'', but here are some:



* Lyricist Howard Ashman worked hard to help start the Disney Renaissance while battling [=AIDS=]. He worked from home when he got weaker, and eventually succumbed in 1991. He was commemorated in the credits of ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "He gave [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989 a Mermaid]] her voice and a Beast his soul."

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* Lyricist Howard Ashman worked hard to help start the Disney Renaissance while battling [=AIDS=]. He worked from home when he got weaker, weaker and eventually succumbed in 1991. He was commemorated in the credits of ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'': "He gave ''WesternAnimation/BeautyAndTheBeast'' for "(giving) [[WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid1989 a Mermaid]] her voice and a Beast his soul."


* Catiline was a violent, power-mad traitor to the Roman Republic but he certainly earned one of these. During the final battle, when he saw that all was lost, he charged deep into the enemy lines. After the battle he was found lying far from his own lines, still barely breathing, surrounded by the corpses of his foes.
** The chroniclers also noted that all wounds sustained were at his front, meaning that he went down fighting and did not run from his fate
* Vespasian's exit was classy: aware that he was breathing his last, he got someone to help him out of bed - so that he could [[DiedStandingUp die]] ''[[DiedStandingUp standing up]]''.
** Not only that, but he went off with [[DeadpanSnarker some really snarky]] FamousLastWords: ''"Oh, [[PrecisionFStrike dammit]] I think I'm becoming a god."'' (Ut puto, deus fio.) [[note]] To explain: Back in those days Roman emperors (beginning with Caesar, or Divus Julius, deified Julius as he was known by Romans after his death) were considered godly - but only after their death. His comment most likely puts a lampshade on the absurdity of this belief.[[/note]]

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* Catiline was a violent, power-mad traitor to the Roman Republic Republic, but he certainly earned one of these. During the final battle, when he saw that all was lost, he charged deep into the enemy lines. After the battle he was found lying far from his own lines, still barely breathing, surrounded by the corpses of his foes.
** The chroniclers also noted that all wounds sustained were at his front, meaning that he went down fighting and did not run from his fate
fate.
* Vespasian's exit was classy: aware Aware that he was breathing his last, he got someone to help him out of bed - so that he could [[DiedStandingUp die]] ''[[DiedStandingUp standing up]]''.
** Not only that, but he went off with [[DeadpanSnarker some really snarky]] FamousLastWords: ''"Oh, [[PrecisionFStrike dammit]] I think I'm becoming a god."'' (Ut puto, deus fio.) [[note]] To explain: Back in those days Roman emperors (beginning with Caesar, or Divus Julius, deified Julius as he was known by Romans after his death) were considered godly - but only after their death. His comment most likely puts a lampshade on lampshades the absurdity of this belief.[[/note]]


* Lesser known then the famed sinking of the ''Bismarck'' was the battle of the Northern Cape. The battleship ''Scharnhorst'' was the last serious threat to Arctic convoys to Russia. It took 1 battleship (HMS ''Duke of York''), 1 heavy cruiser (HMS ''Jamaica''), 3 light cruisers and 9 destroyers and 10 hours of pursuit, torpedoes and shelling to stop the lone battleship and sink her. Only 36 of a crew of 1,932 survived, compared to 11 dead and 11 wounded on the British side. The Commander of the detachment believed the only reason they got off relatively light was that the ''Scharnhorst'''s radar had been damaged in a convoy raid before the attack

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* Lesser Less known then than the famed sinking of the ''Bismarck'' was the battle of the Northern Cape. The battleship ''Scharnhorst'' was the last serious threat to Arctic convoys to Russia. It took 1 one battleship (HMS ''Duke of York''), 1 one heavy cruiser (HMS ''Jamaica''), 3 three light cruisers cruisers, nine destroyers, and 9 destroyers and 10 ten hours of pursuit, torpedoes and shelling to stop the lone battleship and sink her. Only 36 of a crew of 1,932 survived, compared to 11 dead and 11 wounded on the British side. The Commander of the detachment believed the only reason they got off relatively light was that the ''Scharnhorst'''s radar had been damaged in a convoy raid before the attackattack.


* The ''Bismarck'' didn't go down quietly, and after being alone, bombarded, having her rudder torpedoed and stuck in permanent circular motion, it took out the HMS ''Hood'' and stood quite well against a FLEET of enemy ships.
** Point of order: The ''Bismarck'' sank the ''Hood'' on May 24, 1941 (Battle of the Denmark Strait). The ''Bismarck'' itself was hit by the crucial rudder-jamming torpedo in the night of May 26, and sunk on May 27 --three days after having sunk the ''Hood''.
** The ''Hood'' herself is believed by many to have had a dying moment of awesome; for context, the ''Bismarck's'' fatal shot blew up the ''Hood's'' ammunition magazine, breaking her keel and splitting her in half. While her bow was ''pointed straight up in the air and sinking,'' her forward turret fired off one last shot, remaining DefiantToTheEnd.

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* The ''Bismarck'' didn't go down quietly, and after being alone, bombarded, having her rudder torpedoed and stuck in permanent circular motion, it took out the HMS ''Hood'' and stood quite well against a FLEET of enemy ships.
** Point of order: The ''Bismarck'' sank the ''Hood'' on May 24, 1941 (Battle of the Denmark Strait). The ''Bismarck'' itself was hit by the crucial rudder-jamming torpedo in the night of May 26, and sunk on May 27 --three days after having sunk the ''Hood''.
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The ''Hood'' herself is believed by many to have had a dying moment of awesome; for context, the ''Bismarck's'' fatal shot blew up the ''Hood's'' ammunition magazine, breaking her keel and splitting her in half. While her bow was ''pointed straight up in the air and sinking,'' her forward turret fired off one last shot, remaining DefiantToTheEnd.

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