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British Royal Naval Losses During World War I. This list shows the complete list of Royal naval Ships lost during the first World war, including Battleships, cruisers, destroyers

Type of Ship Name of Ship Date of Loss Reason for Loss
Battleship HMS Audacious 27th October 1914 Mined off north coast of Ireland.
Battleship HMS Britannia 9th November 1918 torpedoed by a German submarine off Cape Trafalgar.
Battleship HMS Bulwark 26th November 1914 Destroyed by internal explosion at Sheerness.
Battleship HMS Cornwallis 9th January 1917 Torpedoed by German submarine south east of Malta.
Battleship HMS Formidable 1st January 1915 Torpedoed by German submarine U-24 off Portland Bill.
Battleship HMS Goliath 13th May 1915 Torpedoed by Turkish destroyer Muavenet-I-Milet off De Tott's Battery in the Dardanelles.
Battleship HMS Irresistible 18th March 1915 Sunk by torpedo from White Cliffs in the Dardanelles.
Battleship HMS King Edward VII 6th January 1916 Mined off the north coast of Scotland .
Battleship HMS Majestic 27th May 1915 Torpedoed by German submarine U-23 off West Beach in the Gallipoli peninsula.
Battleship HMS Ocean 18th March 1915 Sunk by torpedo from White Cliffs in the Dardanelles.
Battleship HMS Russell 27th April 1916 Mined off Malta.
Battleship HMS Triumph 25th May 1915 Torpedoed by German submarine U-51 off Gaba Tepe, Gallipoli peninsula.
Battleship HMS Vanguard 9th July 1917 Destroyed by internal explosion at Scapa Flow.
 
Battle Cruiser HMS Indefatigable 31st May 1916 Blown up by gunfire from German battle cruisers at the Battle of Jutland.
Battle Cruiser HMS Invincible 31st May 1916 Blown up by gunfire from German battle cruisers at the Battle of Jutland.
Battle Cruiser HMS Queen Mary 31st May 1916 Blown up by gunfire from German battle cruisers at the Battle of Jutland.
 
Cruiser HMS Aboukir 22nd September 1914 Torpedoed by German submarine U-9 in the North Sea.
Cruiser HMS Argyll 28th October 1915 Wrecked on Bell Rock on the east coast of Scotland.
Cruiser HMS Ariadne 26th July 1917 Torpedoed by German submarine off Beachy Head.
Cruiser HMS Black Prince 31st May 1916 Blown up by gunfire from German battle cruisers at the Battle of Jutland.
Cruiser HMS Cochrane 14th November 1918 Wrecked in estuary of the Mersey.
Cruiser HMS Cressy 22nd September 1914 Torpedoed by German submarine U-9 in the North Sea.
Cruiser HMS Defence 31st May 1916 Blown up by gunfire from German battle cruisers at the Battle of Jutland.
Cruiser HMS Drake 2nd October 1917 Torpedoed by German submarine in Rathlin Sound off the north coast of Ireland.
Cruiser HMS Hampshire 5th June 1916 Mined 1.5 miles west of the Orkney Islands.
Cruiser HMS Hogue 22nd September 1914 Torpedoed by German submarine U-9 in the North Sea.
Cruiser HMS Good Hope 1st November 1914 Sunk by gunfire from German cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off Coronel in Chile.
Cruiser HMS Monmouth 1st November 1914 Sunk by gunfire from German cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off Coronel in Chile.
Cruiser HMS Natal 30th December 1915 Blown up by explosion in after magazine in Cromarty Firth.
Cruiser HMS Warrior 1st June 1916 Foundered after being disabled by gunfire in the Battle of Jutland.
Cruiser HMS Hawke 15th October 1914 Torpedoed by German submarine U-9 off the east coast of Scotland.
 
Light Cruiser HMS Amphion 6th August 1914 Mined off Thames Estuary.
Light Cruiser HMS Arethusa 11th February 1916 Mined off Felixstowe.
Light Cruiser HMS Brilliant 23rd April 1918 Blown up and sunk as a blockship at Ostend.
Light Cruiser HMS Cassandra 4th-5th December 1918 Mined in the Baltic.
Light Cruiser HMS Falmouth 20th August 1916 Foundered in the North sea after being torpedoed four times by German submarines.
Light Cruiser HMS Hermes 31st October 1914 Torpedoed by German submarine U-27 in the Straits of Dover while employed as a seaplane carrier.
Light Cruiser HMS Intrepid 23rd April 1918 Blown up and sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge.
Light Cruiser HMS Iphigenia 23rd April 1918 Blown up and sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge.
Light Cruiser HMS Nottingham 19th August 1916 Torpedoed by German submarine in the North Sea.
Light Cruiser HMS Pathfinder 5th September 1914 Torpedoed by German submarine U-21 off St Abb's Head on the east coast of Scotland.
Light Cruiser HMS Pegasus 20th September 1914 Sunk by gunfire from the German cruiser Königsberg at Zanzibar.
Light Cruiser HMS Sirius 23rd April 1918 Blown up and sunk as a blockship at Ostend.
Light Cruiser HMS Thetis 23rd April 1918 Blown up and sunk as a blockship at Zeebrugge.
Light Cruiser HMS Vindictive 10th May 1918 Blown up and sunk as a blockship at Ostend.
 
Monitor HMS Glatton 16th September 1918 Caught fire in Dover Harbour and was torpedoed to avoid magazine explosion.
Monitor HMS Raglan 20th January 1918 Sunk by gunfire from German battle cruiser Goeben in action off Imbros.
Monitor M 15 11th November 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine off Gaza.
Monitor M 21 20th October 1918 Mined off Ostend.
Monitor M 25 17th September 1919 Lost during operations in the Dvina River in northern Russia.
Monitor M 27 17th September 1919 Lost during operations in the Dvina River in northern Russia.
Monitor M 28 20th January 1918 Sunk by gunfire from German battle cruiser Goeben in action off Imbros.
Monitor M 30 13th May 1916 Sunk by fire from Turkish batteries in the Gulf of Smyrna.
 
Sloop HMS Alyssum 18th March 1917 Mined off the south west coast of Ireland.
Sloop HMS Anchusa 16th July 1918 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the north coast of Ireland.
Sloop HMS Arabis 10th-11th February Torpedoed by German destroyers off Dogger Bank.
Sloop HMS Arbutus 16th December 1917 Foundered in St George's Channel during very heavy weather after being torpedoed by a German submarine.
Sloop HMS Aster 4th July 1917 Mined in the Mediterranean.
Sloop HMS Begonia October 1917 The ship went missing but believed to have been torpedoed by a German submarine in the Atlantic.
Sloop HMS Bergamot 13th August 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine in the Atlantic.
Sloop HMS Candytuft 18th November 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine off Bougie.
Sloop HMS Cowslip 25th April 1918 Torpedoed by a German submarine off Cape Spartel.
Sloop HMS Gaillardia 22nd-23rd March 1918 Mined off the Orkneys.
Sloop HMS Genista 23rd October 1916 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the west coast of Ireland.
Sloop HMS Gentian 16th July 1919 Mined in the Gulf of Finland.
Sloop HMS Lavender 5th May 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine in the English Channel.
Sloop HMS Mignonette 17th March 1917 Mined off the south west coast of Ireland.
Sloop HMS Myrtle 16th July 1919 Mined in the Gulf of Finland.
Sloop HMS Nasturtium 27th April 1916 Mined in the Mediterranean.
Sloop HMS Primula 1st March 1916 Torpedoed by German submarine U-35 in the eastern Mediterranean.
Sloop HMS Rhododendron 5th May 1918 Torpedoed by a German submarine in the North Sea.
Sloop HMS Salvia 20th June 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the west coast of Ireland.
Sloop HMS Tulip 30th April 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine in the Atlantic.
 
Minesweeper HMS Ascot 10th November 1918 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Farn Islands.
Minesweeper HMS Blackmorevale 1st May 1918 Mined off Montrose.
Minesweeper HMS Brighton Queen 6th October 1915. Mined off Nieuport.
Minesweeper HMS Clacton 3rd August 1916 Torpedoed by a German submarine at Chai Aghizi in the Levant.
Minesweeper HMS Cupar 5th May 1919 Mined off the Tyne.
Minesweeper HMS Duchess of Hamilton 29th November 1915. Mined off the Longsand.
Minesweeper HMS Duchess of Montrose 18th March 1917 Mined off Dunkirk.
Minesweeper HMS Erin's Isle 7th February 1919 Mined off the Nore.
Minesweeper HMS Fair Maid 9th November 1916 Mined near Cross Sand Buoy.
Minesweeper HMS Fandango 18th July 1919 Mined in the Dvina River, north Russia.
Minesweeper HMS Hythe 28th-19th October 1915. Lost in collision with the Armed Boarding Steamer Sarnia, off Cape Helles.
Minesweeper HMS Kempton 24th June 1917 Mined off Spindle Buoy to the north of Gravelines.
Minesweeper HMS Kinross 16th June 1919 Mined in the Aegean.
Minesweeper HMS Lady Ismay 21st December 1917 Mined near the Galloper.
Minesweeper HMS Ludlow 29th December 1916 Mined off the Shipwash.
Minesweeper HMS Marsa 18th November 1917 Lost due to collision at entrance to Harwich Harbour.
Minesweeper HMS Nepaulin 20th April 1917 Mined near Dyck Light Vessel.
Minesweeper HMS Newmarket Sometime after 16th July 1917 Went missing in the eastern Mediterranean, last reported on 16th July 1917.
Minesweeper HMS Penarth 4th February 1919 Mined off the Yorkshire coast.
Minesweeper HMS Plumpton 19th October 1918 Mined off Ostend.
Minesweeper HMS Princess Mary II 2nd August 1919 Mined in the Aegean.
Minesweeper HMS Queen of the North 20th July 1917 Mined off Orfordness.
Minesweeper HMS Redcar 24th June 1917 Mined off Spindle Buoy to the north of Gravelines.
Minesweeper HMS Roedean 13th January 1915 Sunk at Longhope.
Minesweeper HMS St Seiriol 25th April 1918 Mined off the Shipwash Light Vessel.
Minesweeper HMS Sword Dance 24th June 1919 Mined in the Dvina River, north Russia.
 
Torpedo Gunboat HMS Hazard 28th January 1918 Lost in a collision off Portland Bill.
Torpedo Gunboat HMS Jason 7th April 1917 Mined near Coll Island off the west coast of Scotland.
Torpedo Gunboat HMS Niger 11th November 1914 Torpedoed by a German submarine in the Downs.
Torpedo Gunboat HMS Seagull 30th September 1918 Lost in a collision with a merchant vessel in the Firth of Clyde.
Torpedo Gunboat HMS Speedy 3rd September 1914 Mined in the North Sea, 30 miles off the Humber.
 
Flotilla Leader HMS Hoste 21st December 1916 Foundered after colliding with Negro during very bad weather in the North Sea.
Flotilla Leader HMS Scott 15th August 1918 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Dutch coast.
Flotilla Leader HMS Tipperary 1st June 1916 Sunk by gunfire during the Battle of Jutland.
 
Destroyer HMS Fortune 31st May -1st June 1916 Sunk by gunfire from the German Battle Fleet during the Battle of Jutland.
Destroyer HMS Laforey 23rd March 1917 Mined in the English Channel.
Destroyer HMS Lassoo 13th August 1916 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Maas Lightship.
Destroyer HMS Louis 31st October 1915 Wrecked in Suvla Bay.
Destroyer HMS Marmion 21st October 1917 Lost in a collision in the North Sea.
Destroyer HMS Mary Rose 17th October 1917 Sunk by gunfire from the German Cruiser Minelayers Brummer and Bremes  in convoy action off the Norwegian coast.
Destroyer HMS Medusa 25th March 1916 Foundered after collision with Laverock off the Schleswig coast.
Destroyer HMS Narbrough 12th January 1918 Wrecked outside Scapa Flow during a violent gale and snowstorm.
Destroyer HMS Negro 21st December 1916 Lost in a collision with Hoste during very bad weather in the North Sea.
Destroyer HMS Nessus 8th September 1918 Lost in a collision with the Amphitrite during foggy weather in the North Sea.
Destroyer HMS Nestor 31st May 1916 Sunk by gunfire from ships of the German Battle Fleet during the Battle of Jutland.
Destroyer HMS North Star 23rd April 1918 Sunk by German batteries at Zeebrugge.
Destroyer HMS Nomad 31st May 1916 Sunk by gunfire from ships of the German Battle Fleet during the Battle of Jutland.
Destroyer HMS Opal 12th January 1918 Wrecked outside Scapa Flow during a violent gale and snowstorm.
Destroyer HMS Partridge 12th December 1917 Sunk by gunfire from four German destroyers in convoy action off the Norwegian coast.
Destroyer HMS Pheasant 1st March 1917 Mined off the Orkney Islands.
Destroyer HMS Recruit 9th August 1917 Mined in the North Sea.
Destroyer HMS Setter 17th May 1917 Lost in collision with Sylph during foggy weather off Harwich.
Destroyer HMS Simoom 23rd January 1917 Blown up by gunfire from German destroyers during action off the Schouwen Bank.
Destroyer HMS Strongbow 17th October 1917 Sunk by gunfire from the German cruiser Minelayers Brummer and  Bremse in the North Sea
Destroyer HMS Surprise 22nd-23rd December 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Maas Lightship.
Destroyer HMS Tornado 22nd-23rd December 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Maas Lightship.
Destroyer HMS Torrent 22nd-23rd December 1917 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Maas Lightship.
Destroyer HMS Turbulent 1st June 1916 Rammed by a large German warship in the Battle of Jutland.
Destroyer HMS Ulleswater 15th August 1918 Torpedoed by a German submarine off the Dutch coast.
Destroyer HMS Ulysses 29th October 1918 Lost in a collision with a Merchantman in the Firth of Clyde.
Destroyer HMS Vehement 2nd August 1918 Mined in the North Sea
Destroyer HMS Verulam 3rd-4th September 1919 Mined off Seskaer Island in the Gulf of Finland.
Destroyer HMS Vittoria 1st September 1919 Torpedoed by a Russian (Bolshevik) submarine.
Destroyer HMS Ardent 1st June 1916 Sunk by gunfire from the German Battle Fleet during the Battle of Jutland.
 

Canadian Naval Losses During World War II - information provided by Claude Raine.

Type of Ship Name of Ship Date of Loss Reason for Loss
River Class Destroyer HMCS FRASER June 25th, 1940 Lost in a collision with the British cruiser CALCUTTA, while participating in the evacuation of France. 47 men lost.
River Class Destroyer HMCS MARGAREE October 22nd, 1940 Lost in the North Atlantic, after collision with the freighter PORT FAIRY, while escorting the five ship convoy OL.8. 142 of her ship's company were lost, many of which were survivor's of FRASER's tragic sinking.
River Class Destroyer HMCS OTTAWA September 13th , 1942 Sunk by U91 in the North Atlantic, while escorting convoy ON.127. Lost at about 2330 on 13th September, 1942 due to enemy action being hit by two torpedoes. 114 of her Ship's Company lost.
River Class Destroyer HMCS SKEENA October 25th, 1944 Wrecked in a storm, and grounded near Reykjavik, Iceland.
Town Class Destroyer HMCS ST. CROIX September 20th, 1943 Torpedoed and sunk by U305, south of Iceland, while escorting convoy ON.202. Five officers and 76 men were rescued by HMS ITCHEN, but only one of these survived the loss of the ITCHEN two days later.
Tribal Class Destroyer HMCS ATHABASKAN April 29th, 1944 Sunk by a torpedo from German torpedo boat T24, while operating in the English Channel. Her captain and 128 men were lost, 83 taken prisoner and 44 men rescued by   HMCS HAIDA.
       
Flower Class Corvette HMCS LEVIS September 19th, 1940 Torpedoed by U74, 120 miles off Cape Farewell Greenland, resulting in 18 lives lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS WINDFLOWER December 7th, 1941 While escorting convoy SC.58, she was rammed by Dutch freighter Zypenberg in dense fog off the Grand Banks. She was sunk, and 23 of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS SPIKENARD February 10th, 1942 Torpedoed and sunk by U136, south of Iceland, while escorting convoy SC.67. There were only eight survivors.
Flower Class Corvette   HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN September 11th, 1942 Torpedoed and sunk in the St. Lawrence, near Cap Chat Quebec, by U517. She had just delivered a convoy to Rimouski and was returning to Gaspe. Nine of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS LOUISBURG February 6th, 1943 Attacked and sunk by Italian aircraft east of Oran, while escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to Bone, Algeria. 38 of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS WEYBURN February 22nd, 1943 Lost to a mine off Gibraltar. Seven of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS REGINA August 8th, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk by U667, off Trevose Head, Cornwall, England. Thirty of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS ALBERNI August 21st, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk by U480, southeast of the Isle of Wight. 59 of her ship's company were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS SHAWINIGAN November 25th, 1944 While on independent anti-submarine patrol in the Cabot Strait, she was torpedoed and sunk by U1228. All hands were lost.
Flower Class Corvette HMCS TRENTONIAN February 22nd, 1945 Torpedoed and sunk by U1004 near Falmouth, England. Six of her ship's company were lost.
       
River Class Frigate HMCS VALLEYFIELD May 7th, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk by U548, 50 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland. 125 of her ship's company lost.
Auxiliary Trawler, Minesweeper HMCS BRAS D'OR October 19th, 1940 While keeping the Romanian freighter "Ingener N. Vlassopol" under surveillance in the Gulf of St Lawrence, the minesweeper disappeared. Her last know position was 40 20N - 063 50W, near Anticosti Island. Her entire ship's company of 30 men were lost.
Bangor Class Minesweeper HMCS CHEDABUCTO October 21st, 1943 Sunk after night collision with the cable vessel LORD KELVIN, 30 miles from Rimouski, Quebec. One officer was lost.
BANGOR Class Minesweeper HMCS CLAYOQUOT December 24th, 1944 Torpedoed and sunk while taking station on convoy XB.139, in the approaches to Halifax harbour. Sunk by U806. Eight of her crew were lost.
BANGOR Class Minesweeper HMCS GUYSBOROUGH March 17th, 1945 Torpedoed and sunk by U878 in the English Channel off Ushant. Fifty-one of her ship's company were lost.
BANGOR Class Minesweeper HMCS ESQUIMALT April 16th, 1945 Torpedoed and sunk by U190, five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax. Forty-four of her ship's company were lost.
Armed Yacht HMCS OTTER March 26th, 1941 Destroyed by an accidental explosion and fire, off Halifax. Two Officers and 17 men were lost.
Armed Yacht HMCS RACCOON September 7th, 1942 Torpedoed and sunk by U 165, while escorting convoy QS.33 in the St. Lawrence River. There were no survivors.
       
Motor Torpedo Boat  MTB 460 July 1st, 1944 Lost to a mine in the English Channel. The commanding officer and 9 men were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat   MTB 463 July 7th, 1944 Lost to a mine in the English Channel. No crew was lost, although 5 men were wounded.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB459 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB461 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB462 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB465 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
Motor Torpedo Boat MTB466 February 14th, 1945 Five MTBs were lost to a tragic fire while alongside at Ostend, Belgium. Twenty-eight Canadian sailors were lost.
 

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 Shows the action on 26th May 1941 by Swordfish from HMS Ark Royal on the German battleship Bismarck. Fresh from her triumphant encounter with HMS Hood, Bismarck was struck by Swordfishs torpedo which jammed her rudder and was finished off by the home fleet on 27th May 1941.
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Reformed in November 2000, 99 Squadron, based at Brize Norton, is now the operator of the RAF's new heavy transport, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, an example of which is shown on the newly extended concrete runway at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  The C-17s have become the mainstay of the RAF's supply train, shuttling between the UK and Afghanistan, as well as providing specialist aeromedical evacuation and humanitarian relief duties.

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 During the years of the German occupation of Holland in World War II, more than 20,000 Dutch civilians perished through starvation and lack of basic provisions. Operation Manna was set in motion on Sunday, 29th April 1945 when Lancasters of the Royal Air Force began the first of 2,835 sorties, dropping 6,672 tons of food, to relieve the crisis in the Netherlands.  These humanitarian missions continued until 8th May, saving many thousands of civilians from certain death by starvation and malnutrition.  Here, Lancaster 4K765, LS-Z of 15 Sqn piloted by Flying Officer Jack Darlow, releases its precious cargo over a sports field north of The Hague.  Also in the crew was Alistair Lamb the Rear Gunner.

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 With Italys entry into WW II on June 10, 1940, the epic two-and-one-half-year siege of Malta began. Symbolizing the defiant resistance of the people and defenders of that tiny island, the legend of Faith, Hope, and Charity grew from a handful of Gloster Sea Gladiators which initially comprised Maltas sole aerial defense. Until the arrival of the more modern Hawker Hurricanes, these obsolescent biplanes fought the Regia Aeronautica alone in the skies above Malta. Only six or seven Gladiators were assembled from the shipment of eighteen crated aircraft which had been delivered by the HMS Glorious. Others were utilized for spare parts, and three had been dispatched, still crated, to Egypt. Though hugely outnumbered, the defenders fought on, raising the morale of the citizens of Malta, and denying the Italians mastery of the sky. Suffering from a constant shortage of spare parts, tools and equipment, the devoted ground support crews were never able to keep more than three Gladiators operational at any point in time. Only one of these Gladiators was totally lost in aerial combat, and the sole surviving aircraft was presented to the people of Malta, and today stands in their National War Museum as a proud symbol of courage and endurance. In Stan Stokes painting, a Sea Gladiator, piloted by Flight Lt. James Pickering, tangles with a Fiat C.R. 42 over Malta in 1940 while an Italian Savoia S.79 tri-engined bomber passes by in the background. The Gloster Gladiator represented the zenith of development of the classic biplane fighter aircraft, a design formula which characterized an entire era from WW I until the advent of the monoplane fighter just before WW II. Glosters naval model of the Gladiator was equipped with a Bristol Mercury VIIIA engine providing a maximum speed of 253 MPH, a rate of climb of 2300 feet per minute, an operational ceiling of 32,200 feet, and a range of 415 miles. The Gladiator was armed with four .303 inch Browning machine guns, and incorporated several advanced features including an enclosed cockpit and wing flaps. One top RAF ace, Sqd. Ldr. Pattle, attained eleven victories flying the Gladiator. A total of 527 Gladiators were produced, and the aircraft served in twelve different countries. The Italians were overly persistent in their emphasis on biplane fighters, stemming from their successes with these highly maneuverable machines during the Spanish Civil War. Employing distinctive Warren-truss type interplane bracing the C.R. 42 was powered by a Fiat A74 R.C. 38 engine providing a maximum speed of 274 MPH and a range of 485 miles. The C.R. 42 was more lightly armed than the Gladiators it opposed, possessing only two 12.7mm Breda machine guns. The C.R 42 served on all of Italys fronts including North and East Africa, France, Britain, the Balkans, and Russia. Exported to Hungary, Sweden and Belgium, the C.R. 42 ironically served alongside the Gladiator in other theaters of operation during WW II.
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 79 Sqn Hurricane of F/Lt Owen Tracey trying to get airborne again amid explosions from the attacking German Dorniers on 15th August 1940.

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The Battle of Trafalgar was fought on a calm, almost windless day, on 21st October 1805.  Nelsons revolutionary battle plan was to cut apart the larger Franco-Spanish fleet of Vice-Admiral Villeneuve by sailing in two single column divisions directly at right angles into the combined fleet and thus rendering almost half of the leading ships useless until the could turn and join the fight, which in such calm conditions could take hours.  The battle raged for five hours in which time not one British ship was lost, however, Nelson would tragically lose his life at the very moment of his triumph, a triumph which rendered the British Navy unchallenged in supremacy for over a century.  Here HMS Mars passes between the French ship Belleisle on her starboard and the French ship Fougeux on her port, firing a murderous hail of gunfire at both ships.  Also shown in the painting on the left hand side is the Spanish ship Monarco and the French ship Pluton.

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Viewed across the damaged stern of the 80-gun San Nicholas, Nelson drives HMS Captain onto the Spanish vessel in order that she can be boarded and taken as a prize, the British marines and men scrambling up the Captains bowsprit to use it as a bridge. The San Nicholas then fouled the Spanish three decker San Joseph (112), allowing Nelson and his men to take both ships as prizes in a single manoeuvre. A British frigate is moving into a supporting position in the middle distance.

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 Fully dressed and resplendent, HMS Hood is pictured preparing for King George Vs review of the Fleet in July 1935 as other capital ships take up their positions around her. Ramillies can be seen off Hoods port bow, Resolution astern, whilst just beyond her boat deck, the mighty Nelson gently nudges into position.

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 The second of the Royal Navy's Vanguard Class SSBNs, HMS Victorious is shown in the Gareloch, with the naval base of Faslane in the background.

HMS Victorious Departing Faslane by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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With her mizzen top already gone and her sails aloft having received severe punishment, Victory breaks through the line behind the French flagship Bucentaure, delivering a shattering broadside into her stern.  So severe was this opening fire that the Bucentaure was effectively put out of the rest of the battle, although Admiral Villeneuve himself was to miraculously survive the carnage.  Beyong Victory can be seen the French Redoubtable, which is receiving fire from Victorys starboard guns, and the Spanish San Leandro is in the extreme distance.  Most of Victorys stunsails have been cut away, but it was her stunsail booms that became entangled with the rigging of the Redoubtable when she put her helm to port and ran onto her.  Admiral Nelson fell shortly afterward, having received a fatal wound from a musket ball fired by a French sharpshooter in Redoubtables mizzen fighting top.  The Temeraire can be seen approaching the fray to the right.

Trafalgar - The Destruction of the Bucentaure by Ivan Berryman.
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 A splendid little war was how John Hay, ambassador to Britain, described the Spanish-American war of 1898. Though the war was small in scope it was large in consequences; it promoted the regeneration of the American Navy and the emergence of the United States as a major world power. Fought primarily at sea, the war created an American naval legend in its opening encounter between the pacific squadrons of Spain and the United States at Manila Bay on the 1st of May 1898. At sunrise Admiral Dewey, leading the American fleet in his flagship the USS Olympia, had caught the Spanish fleet, under Admiral Patricio Montojo, by surprise - still anchored off Sangley Point at Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands. Defeat for the Spanish was total and heralded the end of a once extensive Spanish empire in the Americas. Montojos flagship, Reina Cristina, is seen here under fire from the Olympia.

The Battle of Manila Bay by Anthony Saunders (Y)
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Midday, 21st October 1805, and Admiral Collingwoods flagship, the 100-gun HMS Royal Sovereign, breaks the allied line and delivers a shattering broadside on the Spanish flagship Santa Anna. Making great speed, Collingwoods ship had breached the Franco-Spanish line some distance ahead of the rest of his van and the Royal Sovereign suffered heavily as she quickly drew the attentions of three French and three Spanish ships. To her starboard, the French Indomitable can be seen firing into the British flagship while, astern of the Santa Anna, Belleisle and Fougueux are engaging ahead of Mars, Monarca and Pluton.

HMS Royal Sovereign at the Battle of Trafalgar by Ivan Berryman.
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 The Flower Class corvette HMS Sunflower at sea in 1942. One of thirty ordered on 31st August 1939, K41 was built by Smiths Dockyard in just 9 months and 6 days, completed on 25th January 1941.

HMS Sunflower by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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MILITARY PRINTS

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English soldiers search a blacksmiths hunting for highlanders who fled from after the battle of Culloden.
After Culloden, Rebel Hunting by J.S. Lucas.
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 D squadron 22 SAS, made their way to the Argentinian landing strip where they proceeded to destroy 11 enemy aircraft with demolition charges, 66mm rockets and small arms. The destruction of these enemy aircraft, among them Paccaras, most certainly saved many lives among the Task Force and proved a valuable morale booster at the same time.

Raid on Pebble Island, Falkland Islands, 1982 by David Pentland. (P)
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 Centurion tank of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment firing at night during the battle of the Hook.

Battle of the Hook, Korea by David Rowlands. (Y)
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 Unterscharfurher Karl-Heinz Turk of the Schwere SS Panzerabteilung 503, in one of the units few remaining Kingtigers, defends the Potsdammer Platz along with elements of the Munchberg Division against the rapidly encroaching Soviet forces.

The Last Battle, Berlin, April 30th 1945 by David Pentland. (GL)
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 Bastogne, Ardennes, Belgium, 20th December 1944.  Newly arrived 81mm Mortars of 2nd Battalion, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division, fire in support of U.S. Paratroopers defending against German probes to the north of Bastogne.

Fire for Effect by David Pentland. (AP)
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 Scouts of the 13th Light Dragoons keep watch on the advancing French Army.

The Vedette of the 13th Light Dragoons by Chris Collingwood. (Y)
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 Men of the US 381st Infantry Regiment, 96th Division supported by the tanks of 763rd and 713th Flamethrower Tank Battalions, during the assault on Yaeju Dake. This escarpment, known as Big Apple was the last in a series of tough Japanese defence lines on the south of the Island.

Taking of Big Apple, Okinawa, 10th - 14th June 1945 by David Pentland.
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MARK5. Original Oil Study of Officer Skinners Horse painting by Mark Churms.
Original Oil Study of Officer Skinners Horse painting by Mark Churms. (P)
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SPORT PRINTS

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 Neil Hodgson celebrates winning the World Superbike Championship at Assen, September 2003.
No.1 by Dave Foord. (Y)
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 The legendary Welsh rugby union captain Gareth Edwards is brought to life in the triple portrait. Gareth Edwards is revered in Wales and considered one of the finest players ever. in part of the montage he is shown going over for a try against England.
Gareth Edwards by Darren Baker. (AP)
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Race horses gallop to the finish shown in this racing painting by Mark Churms.

The Finish by Mark Churms.
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 The Welsh Six Nations Grand Slam of 2005 is completed as Wales beat Ireland in their final game. <br>Results : Cardiff, 5th February : Wales 11 - 9 England<br>Rome, 12th February : Italy 8 - 38 Wales<br>Paris, 26th February : France 18 - 24 Wales<br>Edinburgh, 13th March : Scotland 22 - 46 Wales<br>Cardiff, 19th March : Wales 32 - 20 Ireland.

Grand Slam 2005 by James Owen. (Y)
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SPC5006. Ryan Giggs by Keith Fearon.
Ryan Giggs by Keith Fearon.
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Celebrating Sir Alexs magnificent orchestration of Manchester Uniteds historic treble cup success of 1999.

Sir Alex Ferguson by Darren Baker.
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Epsom Trophy, Polo Championship

Epsom Trophy by Mark Churms. (AP)
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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.
Finnish First by Graham Bosworth. (Y)
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