The HMS Hood: The Hood’s waterline belt armour was 12 inches thick in the center of the ship and thinned to 6 inches towards the ship’s ends but did not reach either bow or stern. It was also angled outwards 12 degrees from the waterline to increase protection against flat-trajectory shells though this also increased vulnerability to plunging shells.
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