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The Disabled Laurel An Easy Target For The Enemy, Is Rescued By British Cruisers.


The Disabled Laurel An Easy Target For The Enemy, Is Rescued By British Cruisers.

For some time the two British destroyers, Laurel and Liberty, were exposed to an attack of overwhelming strength. Commander Frank Rose was struck in the left leg by a shell splinter early in the action, but he refused to leave his dangerous post. Later, however, he was struck in the other leg, and, as he was unable to stand, handed over the command to Lieutenant Charles Peploe. Suddenly a German shell enveloped the Laurel in a cloud of black smoke, and before it cleared away, British cruisers came to her assistance. Commander Rose was awarded the D.S.O., Lieutenant Peploe the D.S.C., and Engineer Lieutenant-Commander E. H. T. Meeson the D.S.O., besides being promoted to Commander. Many of the crew were awarded the D.S.M. In the Liberty Lieutenant H. E. Horan and Gunner H. Morgan was awarded the D.S.C., while Engineer Lieutenant-Commander F. A. Butler was granted accelerated promotion.
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PRINT First World War antique black and white book plate published c.1916-18 of glorious acts of heroism during the Great War. This plate may also have text on the reverse side which does not affect the framed side. Title and text describing the event beneath image as shown.

Paper size 10.5 inches x 8.5 inches (27cm x 22cm)none£13.00

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This Week's Half Price Art

Harriers prepare to enter the landing pattern as Invincible steams in company with HMS Bristol with dusk closing in on day.

HMS Invincible by Randall Wilson (GL)
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Over 150 years of the Royal Navy are encapsulated in this view of the mighty HMS Nelson, moored at Portsmouth in 1945. Beyond the 16in guns of A turret, the masts of Admiral Nelsons flagship at Trafalgar, HMS Victory rise into the skyline whilst in the foreground MTB 507 cruises past on its way to the Solent.

HMS Nelson by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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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.

The Battle of Trafalgar - Mars Breaks the Line by Anthony Saunders. (GL)
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Key ships of the British task force sail in close formation in the Mediterranean sea during the build up to the coalition invasion of Iraq in march 2003, nearest is the flagship HMS Ark Royal with the commando carrier HMS ocean to her port side. other ships include a Type 42 destroyer , the Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria and an LSL.

NTG03 - Task Force to Iraq by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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On February 14th, Admiral Sir John Jervis, with 15 naval ships of the line was sailing 25 miles off Cape St Vincent off the coast of Portugal when he encountered 27 Spanish ships under the command of Don Jose de Cordoba sailing from Cadiz. Without waiting for orders Commander Horatio Nelson turned round to lead the attack against the larger Spanish fleet. After the battle the Spanish had lost 4 ships and 3,000 prisoners were taken without the loss of any British warship and only 300 casualties. This naval victory made Sir John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent and Nelson a Knight of the Bath.
The Battle of Cape St Vincent, 1797 by Thomas Buttersworth. (GS)
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  Bismarck, now complete and newly painted in full Baltic camouflage, returns to Hamburg for the last time as the harsh winter of 1940/41 relents and the pride of the German Kriegsmarine prepares for real action. In the distance, the pre-Dreadnought Schleswig-Holstein awaits her next commission, the old ship alternating between vital ice-breaker and air defence duties at this time.

Bismarck at Hamburg by Ivan Berryman (GS)
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 In the early morning murk of 24th May 1941, the forward 15in guns of HMS Hood fire the first shots against the mighty German battleship Bismarck. Both Bismarck and her escort, the Prinz Eugen, immediately responded, the latter causing a fierce fire on Hoods upper deck, while plunging shot from Bismarck penetrated deep into the British ships hull, causing an explosion that ripped the Hood apart, sinking her in an instant. Tragically, just three survivors were rescued from the water.

HMS Hood Opens Fire Upon the Bismarck by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
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B111AP. The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman.

The Pursuit of the Graf Spee by Ivan Berryman (AP)
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