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14 in King George V class battleship HMS Howe, 1946.  She entered service in August 1942 (the last of the class, delayed due to resource constraints), seeing action escorting Arctic convoys, during the Sicily campaign and in the Far East.

14 in King George V class battleship HMS Howe, 1946. She entered service in August 1942 (the last of the class, delayed due to resource constraints), seeing action escorting Arctic convoys, during the Sicily campaign and in the Far East.

Battleship Gneisenau was a German capital ship, built at Kiel and launched on 8 December 1936. Completed in May 1938, the ship was armed with a main battery of nine 28 cm (11 in) C/34 guns in three triple turrets.On the 26 February, the British launched an air attack; one bomb penetrated her armored deck and exploded in the ammunition magazine. In 1945, she was sunk as a blockship, to prevent access in the seaport of Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in German-occupied Poland.

Battleship Gneisenau was a German capital ship, built at Kiel and launched on 8 December 1936. Completed in May 1938, the ship was armed with a main battery of nine 28 cm (11 in) C/34 guns in three triple turrets.On the 26 February, the British launched an air attack; one bomb penetrated her armored deck and exploded in the ammunition magazine. In 1945, she was sunk as a blockship, to prevent access in the seaport of Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in German-occupied Poland.

Last photo of the German battleship Bismarck seen from Prince Eugen, May 1941.

Last photo of the German battleship Bismarck seen from Prince Eugen, May 1941.

HMS King George V (41) - Corazzata classe King George V - Varata 21 febbraio 1939 - Caratteristiche generali Dislocamento 42.000 Lunghezza 227 m Larghezza 31 m Pescaggio 9.9 m Propulsione 8 caldaie Admiralty Quattro turbine Parsons quattro eliche (diametro 4.42 m) 125,000 Shp Velocità 28 nodi Autonomia 5.400 mn a nodi 18 Equipaggio 1.314 - 1.631

HMS King George V (41) - Corazzata classe King George V - Varata 21 febbraio 1939 - Caratteristiche generali Dislocamento 42.000 Lunghezza 227 m Larghezza 31 m Pescaggio 9.9 m Propulsione 8 caldaie Admiralty Quattro turbine Parsons quattro eliche (diametro 4.42 m) 125,000 Shp Velocità 28 nodi Autonomia 5.400 mn a nodi 18 Equipaggio 1.314 - 1.631

HMS Centurion, a King George V class Battleship, built at HM Dockyard Devonport & commissioned 05/13.  WW I saw action at Jutland. In '19 went to Black Sea as part of the Allied Intervention in Russian Civil War. By WW II she was a fleet tender. 04/41 given a fake supestructure to resemble HMS Anson, at that time still being built. Posted to Mediterranean, principally as a deterrent to Regia Marina. Sunk off Normandy beaches after D-Day to act as a breakwater.

HMS Centurion, a King George V class Battleship, built at HM Dockyard Devonport & commissioned 05/13. WW I saw action at Jutland. In '19 went to Black Sea as part of the Allied Intervention in Russian Civil War. By WW II she was a fleet tender. 04/41 given a fake supestructure to resemble HMS Anson, at that time still being built. Posted to Mediterranean, principally as a deterrent to Regia Marina. Sunk off Normandy beaches after D-Day to act as a breakwater.

Royal yacht Victoria and Albert passing 15 in battleships HMS Ramilles, HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Queen Elizabeth during King George V's silver jubilee review of the fleet at Spithead, 1935.

Royal yacht Victoria and Albert passing 15 in battleships HMS Ramilles, HMS Royal Sovereign and HMS Queen Elizabeth during King George V's silver jubilee review of the fleet at Spithead, 1935.

11 in SMS Nassau was the first German dreadnought in service, built in response to the revolutionary British battleship of that name: however she and her sisters still used reciprocating engines rather than turbines.  She rammed the British destroyer HMS Spitfire during the night phase of the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

11 in SMS Nassau was the first German dreadnought in service, built in response to the revolutionary British battleship of that name: however she and her sisters still used reciprocating engines rather than turbines. She rammed the British destroyer HMS Spitfire during the night phase of the Battle of Jutland in 1916.

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