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HMS Cossack

HMS Cossack

The Cossack was the best known of the famous Tribal class destroyers, having an impressive wartime record. She is best remembered for the audacious raid on the German prison ship Altmark, and for the action against the Bismarck.
HMS Campbeltown

HMS Campbeltown

Remembered as the ship which took part in the famous raid on Saint-Nazaire in 1942, the Campbeltown was one of fifty American destroyers transferred to the Royal Navy in the Second World War.
HMS Hotspur

HMS Hotspur

This was one of the famous Hero class destroyers and played a leading part in the earliest naval action of the Second World War. The Hotspur survived to take part in the D-Day landings.
HMS Manxman

HMS Manxman

One of the fastest ships ever to serve in the Royal Navy, the Manxman was a high-speed minelayer that became famous transporting troops and stores to Malta.
Narvik class

Narvik class

These large German destroyers were very active during the early campaigns of 1941/42, although they fared badly at the hands of the Royal Navy. A number of them survived to serve under foreign flags after the war.
HMS Suffolk

HMS Suffolk

The Suffolk was a heavy cruiser in service from 1926 until the end of the Second World War. She participated in the chase of the battleship Bismarck in 1941.
HMS Ajax

HMS Ajax

This light cruiser won fame for her part in the Battle of the River Plate which ended with the German battleship Admiral Graf Spee being scuttled.
HMS Hood

HMS Hood

Largest of the British battlecruisers, she was designed in the years of the First World War and entered service in 1920, to serve until she was eventually sunk early in the Second World War by the German battleship Bismarck.
HMS Nelson

HMS Nelson

Launched in 1925, she served throughout the pre-war and wartime years. The Nelson and her twin Rodney were an unorthodox battleship design, with their main armament placed entirely in the fore part.
Bismarck

Bismarck

The sea chase and battle which finally sank the Bismarck was one of the most famous naval actions of the Second world War. The Bismarck was navigating in the North Sea as a corsair ship in his first operational offensive, escorted by the Prinz Eugen, with the purpose to attack Allied shipping between North America and Britain.
HMS Warspite

HMS Warspite

After thirty year's service and two world wars, the famous and gallant Warspite was finally scrapped in 1947. She participated in the Battle of Jutland in 1916 and in various war theaters during the Second World War in the Atlantic, in the Mediterranean and in the Indian, suffering many incidents through her career.


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