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Abercrombie Class Monitors.   Soon after the outbreak of World war One  the president of the Bethlehem Steel company  contacted Winston Churchill the First Lord of the admiralty. on the 3rd of November 1914. and offered for sale Four Twin Turrets armed with two 14-inch Guns in each. (This guns were originally for the Greek Naval ship Salamis, but would never get their destination due to the British Blockade. ) Winston Churchill saw the possibility. The Royal navy were in need of shallow draft ships with the armament for heavy shore bombardment.  The Admiralty purchased the guns and set to work in investigating the  potential of producing Four monitors.  The final design was rushed through  without  thorough testing including tank tests.  the final  ships were unwieldy and slow.

Initially they were called the Styx class but soon were allocated M1 - to M4. These names remained until February 1915, when it was arranged to give them American names to acknowledge the guns US Origins.  M! was to be Admiral Farragut, M2 General Grant, M3 was to be Robert E Lee  M4 was to be Stonewall Jackson. But because the guns were sold to Britain, which was a flagrant breach of US Neutrality they were horridly renamed.  M1 was to be HMS Abercrombie, M2 HMS Havelock, M3 was to be called Lord raglan but the name was shortened to HMS raglan, M4 was to be called Earl Roberts but again shortened to HMS Roberts.  These four ships had been designed to carry seaplanes but did not carry them for very long as it was found that land based aircraft called do naval sea spotting more efficiently, also the aircraft which were fitted on top of the turret, had to be hoisted off and over the side, while the ships guns were used to protect the aircraft against blast damage. In  September 1917 HMS Abercrombie experimented with a Sopwith Schneider, and HMS Ragland on two occasions carried seaplanes, In October 1916 a Short166 and In September 1917 a Short 184,  HMS Roberts also carried a Short 166 in September 1915 for a few weeks.

HMS Abercrombie 15th April 1915 Sold in 1927.
HMS Havelock 29th April 1915 Sold in 1927.
HMS Raglan 29th April 1915 Sunk on 20th January 1918.
HMS Roberts 15th April 1915 Sold in 1936.

HMS Abercrombie

HMS Abercrombie, 1919.

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HMS Abercrombie, 1919.

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HMS Havelock

HMS Havelock, at breakers, 1927.

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HMS Raglan

HMS Raglan, 1915.

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HMS Raglan, 1915.

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You ask for details of former crew of the Raglan. Attached is a picture of Charles Thomas Grant of Brighton, killed in the
final action off Imbros  (Details from an email)

Built by Harland and Wolff, at Belfast and laid down on the 1st  December 1914, launched 29h April 1915 and completed in June 1915. and commissioned June 1915, It went straight to the Dardanelle's (in company with the cruiser HMS Diana) to carry out bombardment duties and became part of the 1st division between September 1915 to January 1916. After the evacuation form the Dardanelle's HMS Raglan served in the Aegean . At Port Said she was involved in operation against the Turks in Southern Palestine, returning to Imbros in January 1917. Along with HMS Abercrombie her duty was to Guard against the possible breakout of the German ships Breslau and Goeben. forming the 2nd detached Squadron along with some smaller monitors.. On the Morning of the 20th January 1920. HMS Raglan was being shelled by accurate fire from the Breslau  soon followed by shots form the Goeben. She quickly became engulfed in Fire and after being abandoned she sank in shallow water. she lost a total of 127 dead during the action. Later the Guns and other valuable equipment was salvaged.

HMS Roberts

HMS Roberts with Short 166 on board, 1915.

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HMS Roberts, 1915.

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 From the day they began their aerial campaign against Nazi Germany to the cessation of hostilities in 1945, the USAAF bomber crews plied their hazardous trade in broad daylight. This tactic may have enabled better sighting of targets, and possibly less danger of mid-air collisions, but the grievous penalty of flying daylight missions over enemy territory was the ever presence of enemy fighters. Though heavily armed, the heavy bombers of the American Eighth Air Force were no match against the fast, highly manoeuvrable Me109s, Fw190s and, late in the war, Me 262 jet fighters which the Luftwaffe sent up to intercept them. Without fighter escort they were sitting ducks, and inevitably paid a heavy price. Among others, one fighter group earned particular respect, gratitude, and praise from bomber crews for their escort tactics. The 356th FG stuck rigidly to the principle of tight bomber escort duty, their presence in tight formation with the bombers often being sufficient to deter enemy attack. Repeatedly passing up the opportunity to increase individual scores, the leadership determined it more important to bring the bombers home than claim another enemy fighter victory. As the air war progressed this philosophy brought about an unbreakable bond between heavy bomber crews and escort fighter pilots, and among those held in the highest esteem were the pilots of the 356th. Top scoring ace Donald J Strait, flying his P-51 D Mustang Jersey Jerk, together with pilots of the 356th Fighter Group, are seen in action against Luftwaffe Fw 190s while escorting B-17 bombers returning from a raid on German installations during the late winter of 1944. One minute all is orderly as the mighty bombers thunder their way homeward, the next minute enemy fighters are upon them and all hell breaks loose. <br><br><b>Published 2003.<br><br>Signed by three of the top pilots from the 356th Fighter group.</b>

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Fw190F Fighters - Winter 1943 by Ivan Berryman.
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 Rittmeister Karl Bolle Commander Jasta 2 early 1918.

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HMS Lion with her sister ship HMS Princess Royal are shown firing on the German High Seas Fleet which can be seen in the distance during the Battle of Jutland.

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 Type 21 frigate HMS Ambuscade (F172) is shown passing the swing bridge as she enters Taranto Harbour.

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 Mitsubishi G4Ms of 27 Kanoya Kokutai begin their devastating attack on Force Z off the north east coast of Malaya on 10th December 1941. Both Repulse and prince of Wales were lost in the attack, while their accompanying destroyers remained to pick up survivors among them HMS Express which can be seen off HMS Repulse starboard quarter.

HMS Repulse with HMS Prince of Wales Under Attack by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Durban Escorts the Troopship RMS Queen Mary by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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NTG03 - Task Force to Iraq by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 In support of the American landings at Utah and Omaha beaches, the USS Texas slugs it out with German heavy gun emplacements during the D-Day landings.

Gunline Omaha - USS Texas by Randall Wilson.
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One Man and his Colours by David Rowlands (GL)
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Austrian Generals Watching the Battle by Albrecht Adam.
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 Panzer IVF2 tanks of 6th Panzer Division, Panzer Armee Hoth, attempt to fight their way through to the beleaguered Sixth Army at Stalingrad, 12th December 1942.  On the 21st the operation was abandoned when the expected breakout from Stalingrad failed to materialise, the relief column was only 25 miles from the city.

Operation Winter Tempest by David Pentland.
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 1st Battalion in action at Escaut Canal, Belgium, May 1940. The last Highland Regiment to wear a kilt in battle, attacking the Germans at the River Escaut.  From the Diary of Captain R. Leah, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders : Tuesday 21st May : Bn left Ere about 2 a.m. to march back. Fortunately Coy Cmdr. were required for some sort of recce and we went in C.O.s car.  Arrived Taintignies 3 a.m. and self went out again with Wilkie in C.O.s car to look for for C Coy which had gone astray, and to see Q.M. about Bn rations in Wez-Velvain.  Could not find either.  Met the Battalion arriving from Ere when I left the village at 3 a.m.  Got back myself at 4 a.m. found empty house which I entered by window and slept well for 5 hours. Officers mess going in house beside M.T. park, and had good breakfast.  Fairly quiet morning and orders to move this afternoon to Bn assembly position S of Wez-Velvain.  Thence we were directed to Merlin and prepared for counter-attack to drive enemy off Western side of Escaut.

The Queens Own Cameron Highlanders by David Rowlands (C)
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 Hannibal had invaded Italy by taking his army including war elephants across the mountains and into northern Italy. He defeated the Romans in three major battles including Cannae, but he did not take Rome when he had the chance.  Once Rome had strengthened its forces, the Romans invaded Carthage. The second Punic War between Rome and Carthage was brought to a conclusion on the plains of Zama (modern Tunisia) with the Romans inflicting a crushing defeat on the army of Hannibal.

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The English fleet pursued the Armada up the English Channel and, as darkness fell, Vice Admiral Drake broke off and captured the Spanish galleon Rosario, Admiral Pedro de Valdes and the crew.  The Rosario was known to be carrying substantial funds to pay the Spanish Army in the Low Countries.  Drakes ship had been leading the English pursuit of the Armada by means of a lantern.  By extinguishing this for the capture, Drake put the fleet into disarray overnight.  On the night of 29th July 1588, Vice Admiral Drake organised fire-ships, causing most of the Spanish captains to break formation and sail out of Calais . The next day, Drake was present at the Battle of Gravelines.  English losses were comparatively few, and none of their ships were sunk.

Grenvilles Revenge by Brian Wood.
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 28th Gloucester Regiment shown in square repelling the French cavalry.

Quatre Bras by Lady Elizabeth Butler. (Y)
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 On three occasions since their last Grand Slam in 1995 the England team had come within a whisker of completing another dream.  During this important build up towards the world cup England finally laid their ghost to rest.  After six years under the guidance of Head Coach Clive Woodward England, having beaten the big three from the Southern Hemisphere in a back-to-back series of matches at Twickenham, reached number one in the Zurich world ranking.  This Grand Slam, a wonderful achievement in itself, underlined Englands worldwide dominance.

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David Coulthard by Martin Smith
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Passing the stand in the Galway Plate.

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Eddie Irvine raced Formula Ford from 1983 to 1988.  Driving a variety of different chassis, he won two Formula Ford championships by the end of 1987.  In 1988, Eddie drove in the British Formula Three championship and then joined the Jordan Formula 3000 team for 1990.  He won his first race at Hockenheim, finishing third overall in the championship that year.  The following three years saw Eddie driving in the Japanese F3000 series, almost winninh the title in 1993.  He also drove for Toyota at Le Mans holding the lap record for several years.  At the end of 1993 Eddie drove for the Jordan F1 team and gained notoriety by overtaking Ayrton Senna having only just been lapped by him.  In 1996, Eddie took on the unenviable role as number two to Michael Schumacher at Ferrari but in 1999 became the number one driver for Ferrari following a serious accident for Schumacher.

Tribute to Eddie Irvine by Stuart McIntyre.
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