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Royal Navy third class cruisers of the Pelorus Class. Ships in the class were HMS Pyramus, HMS Pelorus, HMS Pandora, HMS Pegasus, HMS Perseus, HMS Pactolus, HMS Pioneer, HMS Prometheus, HMS Proserpine, HMS Psyche and HMS Pomone

Apart from HMS Pandora, Perseus, and Prometheus. the cruisers of the class served in overseas stations at the time of the outbreak of world war one. ,

 HMS Pomone had been used for harbour service and as a training ship at Dartmouth in January 1910 and later sold to scrap in 1922. 

HMS Pactulus had been converted to a submarine depot ship in September 1912  and during 1914 to 1918  served at Ardrossan, Scotland with the 9th Submarine Flotilla during the war and sold to scrap in May 1921.  

HMS Pelorus at the outbreak of world war one had been on patrol in the Bristol Channel, and was sent to the Mediterranean station. In 1916 

HMS Pelorus was converted to a depot ship and after the war was scrapped in may 1920. 

HMS Pegasus at the outbreak of world war one was at The Cape of Good Hope Station and was immediately sent to Eats Africa. an don the 20th September 1914 ay Zanzibar she was sunk by Gunfire from the German Light Cruiser Konigsburg.

HMS Pyramus at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was sent in February 1915 to the Persian Gulf and then transferred to the Eats Indies. After the war was finally scrapped in January 1920 

HMS Psyche at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was transferred to the New Zealand Navy and sent to China in July 1915 after the war HMS Pyramus was scrapped at Melbourne Australia in June 1922.

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Pandora 17th January 1900 Sold for scrap in July 1913.
HMS Pelorus 15th December 1896 Served as a depot ship in 1916 before being sold for scrap on 6th May 1920.
HMS Pegasus 4th March 1897 Sunk by gunfire on 20th September 1914.from the German Light Cruiser Konigsburg
HMS Perseus 15th July 1897 Sold for scrap on 26th May 1914.
HMS Pactolus 21st December 1896 Served as a depot ship in September 1912 before being sold for scrap on 25th October 1921.
HMS Pioneer 28th June 1899 Served with the Australian Navy from 1st July 1915 and sold in 1924. She was scuttled on 19th February 1931.
HMS Pomone 25th November 1897 Used for harbour service from January 1910 until scrapped in June 1922.
HMS Prometheus 20th October 1898 Sold for scrap on 28th May 1914.
HMS Proserpine 5th December 1896 Sold for scrap on 30th November 1919.
HMS Psyche 19th July 1898 Served with the Australian Navy from 1st July 1915 until sold for scrap in June 1922.

HMS Pyramus

15th May 1897

Sold for scrap on 21st April 1920.
HMS Pandora

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Pandora, 1901.

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HMS Pandora c.1900

This photograph was taken as the Pandora steamed past the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. She was one of a class of 11 ships, The Pandora was the last of this class to be built while Pelorus was the first.

HMS Pelorus

HMS Pelorus at the outbreak of world war one had been on patrol in the Bristol Channel, and was sent to the Mediterranean station. In 1916 HMS Pelorus was converted to a depot ship and after the war was scrapped in may 1920

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Pelorus, June 25th, 1896

HMS Pelorus.

HMS Pelorus.

HMS Pegasus

HMS Pegasus.

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HMS Perseus

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Perseus of the Pelorus Class. 

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HMS Pioneer

HMS Pioneer.

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HMS Pomone

HMS Pomone, 1899.

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HMS Proserpine

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

HMS Proserpine.

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HMS Psyche

HMS Psyche at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was transferred to the New Zealand Navy and sent to China in July 1915 after the war HMS Pyramus was scrapped at Melbourne Australia in June 1922.

Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

The stern of HMS Psyche in 1916, after transfer to the Australian Navy in 1915.

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HMS Pyramus

HMS Pyramus at the outbreak of world war one was serving in New Zealand and was sent in February 1915 to the Persian Gulf and then transferred to the Eats Indies. After the war was finally scrapped in January 1920

 Displacement: 2135 tons   Speed: 20 knots.  Crew 224  Armament: Eight 4 inch guns,  Eight 3 pdr,  3 machine guns  and Two 18-inch Torpedo Tubes

The third class cruiser HMS Pyramus which served in both the Australian and New Zealand navies during the first world war.

 
 

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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.
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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.

Operation Manna by Ivan Berryman. (P)
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 En route to the dams of the Ruhr Valley, the first wave of three specially adapted Avro Lancasters roar across the Dutch wetlands on the night of 16 -17th May 1943 led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, their mission to breach the Mohne and Eder dams, thus robbing the German war machine of valuable hydro-electric power and disrupting the water supply to the entire area. Carrying their unique, Barnes Wallis designed 'Bouncing Bomb' and flying at just 30m above the ground to avoid radar detection, 617 Squadron's Lancasters forged their way into the enemy territories, following the canals of the Netherlands and flying through forest fire traps below treetop height to their targets. Gibson's aircraft ('G'-George) is nearest with 'M'-Mother of Fl/Lt Hopgood off his port wing and 'P'-Peter (Popsie) of Fl/Lt Martin in the distance.

Dambusters - The First Wave by Ivan Berryman. (C)
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On an RAF airfield in the early evening, a squadron of Lancaster bombers of Bomber Command prepare for another bombing sortie against targets of the German war machine.  A fitting tribute to all Bomber Command aircrew who flew in the Avro Lancatser.

Distant Dispersal by Graeme Lothian. (E)
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 A pair of 272 Squadron Bristol Beaufighters roar over the extensively rebuilt battleship HMS Valiant as she lies at anchor at Alexandria late in 1941, accompanied by the cruiser HMS Phoebe and Valiants sister ship HMS Queen Elizabeth (in the extreme distance)

HMS Valiant and HMS Phoebe at Alexandria, 1941 by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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 No one will ever know exactly what caused Max Immelmanns demise, but what is known is that his propeller was seen to disintegrate, which caused a series violent oscillations that ripped the Fokker E.III apart, the tail breaking away before the wings folded back, trapping the young German ace in his cockpit. The popular belief is that his interrupter gear malfunctioned, causing him to shoot away part of his own propeller, but British reports attribute Immelmanns loss to the gunnery of Cpl J H Waller from the nose of FE.2b 6346 flown by 2Lt G R McCubbin on Sunday, 18th June 1916. Immelmann was flying the spare E.III 246/16 as his own E.IV had been badly shot up earlier that day.

Immelmanns Last Flight by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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 The success of the attack on the Möhne dam on the night of 16th/17th May 1943 meant that the remaining three 617 Sqn Lancasters of the First Wave could turn their attention to the Eder, some twelve minutes flying time away.  Wing Commander Guy Gibson first called in Flight Lieutenant D J Shannon, flying AJ-L (ED929G) to make the initial run, but he had great difficulty achieving the correct height and approach, so Gibson now ordered Squadron Leader H E Maudslay in AJ-Z (ED937G) to make his run.  Again, the aircraft struggled to find the correct height and direction, so Shannon was again brought in, AJ-L finally releasing its <i>Upkeep</i> on the third attempt. The bomb bounced twice before exploding with no visible effect on the dam. Now Maudslay made another attempt, but released his bomb too late.  The mine bounced off of the dam wall and exploded in mid air right behind AJ-Z, the Lancaster limping away, damaged, from the scene, only to be shot down on the way home with the loss of all crew.  Finally, Pilot Officer Les Knight was called in for one final attempt. AJ-N (ED912G) released its <i>Upkeep</i>  perfectly, the mine bouncing three times before striking the dam slightly to the south.  In the ensuing explosion, the dam was seen to shake visibly before the masonry began to crumble and a massive breach appeared.  With the Möhne and Eder dams both destroyed and the Sorpe demonstrated to be equally vulnerable, <i>Operation Chastise</i> had been a remarkable success and will stand forever as one of the most heroic and audacious attacks in the history of aerial warfare.

The Eder Breaks by Ivan Berryman.
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 Developed from the Supermarine Seagull, the Walrus was to prove itself a useful and capable workhorse in almost every theatre of the Second World War. Here, HMS Rodney despatches her Shagbat from the catapult atop C turret.

Ships Company by Ivan Berryman (Y)
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USS Oakland Escorting the Damaged USS Lexington by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 Spearheading the Falklands Task Force as it heads south in 1982, the carrier HMS Hermes is shown in company with two Type 21 frigates, HMS Arrow on the left and HMS Ardent in the near foreground.  In the far distance, HMS Glamorgan glints in the sun as Type 42 HMS Sheffield cuts across behind Hermes.

HMS Hermes by Ivan Berryman.
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 The allied invasion of Normandy Operation Overlord was the greatest sea-bourne military operation in history. Key to its success and at the heart of the invasion were the Landings of the British 50th division on Gold beach and the Canadian 3rd Division on Juno beach. They provided a vital link between the landings of the British 3rd Division on Sword beach and the Americans on Omaha and Utah beaches. They were also crucial in securing the beachhead and the drive inland to Bayeux and Caen.
Glosters Return by David Griffin (Y)
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 Completed in May 1941, HMS Victorious had been in commission just nine days when her pilots encountered and attacked the Bismarck. She is seen here in August 1942 with HMS Eagle astern of her.

HMS Victorious by Ivan Berryman.
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 The heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen slips quietly through the waters of Kiel Harbour as one of her own Arado Ar.196s flies overhead. In the background, Bismarck, wearing her Baltic camouflage, is alongside taking on supplies.

Prinz Eugen by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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Showing visible signs of her tangle with British cruisers at the Battle of the River Plate, the German pocket battleship Graf Spee slips into the neutral waters of the Montevideo roadstead accompanied by the Uruguayan gunboat Rio Negro for light repairs. (Damage can be seen on the hull and behind the Conning tower ) . This was to be the last haven for the Graf Spee which was later scuttled at the harbour mouth, her commander Kapitan zur See Langsdorff believing a large British fleet to be waiting for attempted escape into the South Atlantic.

Admiral Graf Spee enters Montevideo by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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HMS Coventry comes under air attack from aircraft off Tobruk, 14th September 1942.  As well as losing the anti-aircraft cruiser HMS Coventry, the Allies also lost  HMS Zulu and six coastal craft sunk by bombing as they were returning from Tobruk.  HMS Coventry was rated as one of the most effective anti-aircraft ships in the entire British navy, downing more aircraft than any other ship.

HMS Coventry by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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 The Leander class cruiser HMS Orion is shown departing Grand Harbour Malta late in 1945.

HMS Orion by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
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DHM376. 2nd Dragoon Guards Officer by Mark Churms.

2nd Dragoon Guards Officer by Mark Churms.
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The first fight for independence of the American Revolution. The Battle of Lexington, known as Lexington Common, is where the opening shots of the American Revolution of 1775 took place. The Common had been purchased by subscription of some of the towns leading citizens in 1711.  The engagement took place oon April 19th 1775.  Lt Col Francis Smith wiith 700 men under his command was given secret orders to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. But Patriot colonials had received word weeks before the expedition that their supplies might be at risk, and had moved the supplies to other stores.  They were also given word that the British were on their way and a rapid deployment of the militia was undertaken. The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The Minutemen were outnumbered and withdrew, as the British proceeded on to Concord. At the North Bridge in Concord they were meet by a force of several hundred militiamen who defeated the British three companies of the Kings troops, who withdrew  More Minutemen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smiths expedition was rescued by reinforcements.  The whole British force of some 1700 men withdrew back to Boston.

Battle of Lexington by William Barnes Wollen. (Y)
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 Panzer v Ausf. D Panthers of SS Panther Division Das Reich make their debut during the initial stages of the German summer offensive for Kursk. This unit with others of the SS Panzer Korps made the deepest advances into the well-prepared Soviet lines. Complete success however, was to elude them when outrunning their supporting divisions at Prokhorovka they were forced to halt for six days.

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 The 2nd Battalion Worcester Regiment and South Wales Borderers arriving in the grounds of the Chateau at Gheluvelt after their historic counter attack on 31st October 1914.

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 Depicts two Irish peasants in traditional dress being marched through a Kerry glen by a recruiting party of the 88th Regiment (Connaught Rangers)

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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.
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