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Beagle Class Destroyers.  Photos and history of the Beagle Class Destroyers.  Launched 1909 - 1910, the Beagle Class of destroyers included HMS Beagle, HMS Bulldog, HMS Foxhound, HMS Pincher, HMS Grasshopper, HMS Mosquito, HMS Scorpion, HMS Scourge, HMS Racoon, HMS Renard, HMS Wolverine, HMS Rattlesnake, HMS Nautilus, HMS Savage, HMS Basilisk and HMS Harpy.
HMS Beagle 16th October 1909 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.
HMS Bulldog 13th November 1909 Sold for scrapping in September 1920.
HMS Foxhound 11th December 1909 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.
HMS Pincher 15th March 1910 Wrecked on 24th July 1918.
HMS Grasshopper 23rd November 1909 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.
HMS Mosquito 27th January 1910 Sold for scrapping in August 1920.
HMS Scorpion 19th February 1910 Sold for scrapping in October 1921.
HMS Scourge 11th February 1910 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Racoon 15th February 1910 Wrecked on 9th January 1918.
HMS Renard 30th November 1909 Sold for scrapping in August 1920.
HMS Wolverine 15th January 1910 Sank after colliding with another vessel on 12th December 1917.
HMS Rattlesnake 14th March 1910 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Nautilus 30th March 1910 Renamed to Grampus on 16th December 1912 and eventually sold for scrapping in September 1920.
HMS Savage 10th March 1910 Sold for scrapping in May 1921.
HMS Basilisk 9th February 1910 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.
HMS Harpy 27th November 1909 Sold for scrapping in November 1921.

HMS Beagle

HMS Beagle, 1909.

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HMS Bulldog

HMS Bulldog.

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HMS Foxhound

HMS Foxhound - Kitchener Embarking at Gallipoli, 1915.

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HMS Foxhound - Name History

The fifth “FOXHOUND” is a turbine torpedo-boat destroyer, launched at Clydebank in 1910.  She is of 950 tons, 12,500 horse-power, and 27 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 265., 28th., and 9ft.  In 1914 the “Foxhound,” commanded by Commander William G. Howard, was employed in various operations in the Mediterranean against the German and Austrian forces. 

HMS Grasshopper

HMS Grasshopper - Name History

The seventh “GRASSHOPPER” is a turbine torpedo-boat destroyer, launched at Fairfield in 1910.  She is of 950 tons, 12,500 horse- power, and 27 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught are 265ft., 28ft., and 8ft.

HMS Scorpion

HMS Scorpion at Malta. Contributed by Don Butler.

HMS Scorpion.

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HMS Scourge

HMS Scourge.

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HMS Renard

HMS Renard, 1909.

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HMS Rattlesnake

HMS Rattlesnake. 

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HMS Rattlesnake, 1910.

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Wedding photo of a crew member of HMS Rattlesnake.

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HMS Nautilus

HMS Nautilus, 1910.

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HMS Savage

HMS Savage.

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HMS Harpy

HMS Harpy - Name History

The seventh “HARPY” is a turbine torpedo-boat destroyer, launched at Cowes in 1910.  She is of 935 tons, 12,500 horse- power, and 27 knots.  Her length, beam, and draught are 265ft., 28ft., and 9ft.   In 1914 the “Harpy,” commanded by Commander G.C. Dickens, was engaged in the Mediterranen, in various operations against the Germans and Austrians.

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 Joint exercise between a RNLI Lifeboat and a Royal Air Force Westland Wessex from 72 Squadron off the coast of Northern Ireland.

Joint Rescue by David Pentland.
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 P51D of Colonel Glenn Duncan C.O. of the 353rd Fighter Group, along with Betty-E flown by Lt. Colonel Wayne Blickenstaff, taking off on one of their last missions of the war, April 1945.

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Raising Havoc in the Ardennes by Nicolas Trudgian. (Y)
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 Routine, though essential, maintenance is carried out on a 501 Sqn Hurricane at the height of the Battle of Britain during the Summer of 1940.  Hurricane P3059 <i>SD-N</i> in the background is the aircraft of Group Captain Byron Duckenfield (deceased).

Ground Force by Ivan Berryman. (D)
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 During a patrol on 6th July 1918, Christiansen spotted a British submarine on the surface of the Thames Estuary. He immediately turned and put his Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 floatplane into an attacking dive, raking the submarine C.25 with machine gun fire, killing the captain and five other crewmen. This victory was added to his personal tally, bringing his score to 13 kills by the end of the war, even though the submarine managed to limp back to safety. Christiansen survived the war and went on to work as a pilot for the Dornier company, notably flying the giant Dornier Do.X on its inaugural flight to New York in 1930. He died in 1972, aged 93.

Kapitanleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Valiant and HMS Phoebe at Alexandria, 1941 by Ivan Berryman (P)
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Flt Lt Walter Lawson by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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The pride of the Royal Navy, HMS Hood, passes Gibraltar on her way to join HMS Prince of Wales at Scapa Flow and onto her short and tragic engagement with the German battleship Bismarck.

HMS Hood Passing Gibraltar by Brian Wood (P)
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Tribute to the Royal Navy Trawler Crews - HMS Arab by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 HMS Hood readies to fire off a what proved to be the final salvo against the Bismarck before a shell from the German battleship penetrated the magazine of HMS Hood, tearing apart the British ship in an enormous explosion.

The Final Salvo - HMS Hood by Anthony Saunders. (P)
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The pride of the British fleet, The Mighty Hood as she was known, was launched in 1918.  Weighing in at over 40,000 tons she was 860 feet long and had eight 15 inch guns, at her launch she was more than a match for any adversary.  Hood sailed the world in the inter-war years and was admired in every foreign port she visited, however with a lack of major refits in this time the second world war found the Hood unprepared for a major battle,  On the 24th of May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck found Hoods achilles heel within only a few salvos, namely her inadequate deck armour.  Hood exploded in a huge fireball from which only three sailors survived.  Here HMS Hood is seen with Force H in the Mediterranean.  Winston Churchill knew that the powerful French fleet at Mers-el-Kebir could fall into German hands at any time and that the threat had to be removed by any means.  On the 3rd of July 1940 the French fleet was duly dispatched by Force H.  The Strasbourg being the only French battleship able to make her escape.  Hodd is depicted opening fire at 17.55 hours with the battleships Resolution and the destroyer HMS Foxhound to her stern.

HMS Hood - Operation Catapult by Anthony Saunders (P)
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HMS Glasgow by Ivan Berryman.
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 HMS Prince of Wales is shown firing on the Bismarck and in the background a huge black cloud is all that is left of HMS Hood.

HMS Prince of Wales by Brian Wood (P)
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 The mighty Bismarck returns fire to the fast-approaching HMS Hood a the start of a battle that would see both adversaries tragically sunk.

Bismarck Replies to HMS Hood by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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USS Dwight Eisenhower by Ivan Berryman (P)
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 Sunset over Aboukir Bay on 1st August 1798 as ships of the Royal Navy, led by Nelson, conduct their ruthless destruction of the anchored French fleet. Ships shown from left to right. HMS Orion, Spartiate, Aquilon, Peuple Souvrain, HMS Defence, HMS Minotaur and HMS Swiftsure.

Battle of the Nile by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 St. Charmond Assault tanks of the French 10th Heavy Tank battalion move through Villers-Cotterets forest in preparation for the 10th Army counterattack on the German Soissons-Rheims salient.

A Saint goes to War - The Second Marne Offensive, France 18th July 1918 by David Pentland. (P)
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The Hindenburg Line known also as the Siegfried Line was a vast system of German defences in northeastern France between Lens and past Verdun.  Built over the winter of 1916 and 1917, the high command in Germany believed the Hindenburg line was was impregnable.  But in 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai it was temporarily broken by the British and Newfoundland troops.  Included in these forces were tank units, and the line was successfully breached a number of times during the hundred day offensive by the Allied forces in September 1918. Shown in this painting are the wounded being taken back behind lines by medical personnel as the reinforcements and supplies move forward.

Breaking the Hindenburg Line by J P Beadle. (Y)
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 Flanked by his Companion heavy cavalry, Alexander, King of Macedon, led the charge which broke through the left wing of the Persian army, and forced Darius, the Great King, to flee the battlefield. Persian success against his own left wing forced him to delay his pursuit of the routed troops, but by the end of the day the battle was won, and the heart of the Persian empire lay at his feet.

Alexander at Arbela, Plain of Gaugamela, Iraq, 331BC by David Pentland. (Y)
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Napoleon at the height of his military career, receives the surrender of the city of Ulm after an almost bloodless victory.
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Disaster at Dieppe, France, 19th August 1942 by David Pentland. (Y)
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 Portraits of Sir Thomas Fairfax and Prince Rupert of the Rhine.  Sir Thomas Fairfax (1612-71) Captain general of the Parliamentary New Model Army and his opponent Prince Rupert of the Rhine (1619-82) nephew of King Charles 1st and general of Royalist Horse. Centre section of the painting depicts cavalry engagement during the battle of Marston Moor.

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Marcus Gronholm wins the 2002 Rally New Zealand in the Peugeot 206 and gains the World Rally Championship Title, October 2002.
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Steeplechasers competing for the Blue Riband.

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A Hard Day at the Office by Martin Smith.
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