I bought this postcard reproduction of a World War One poster in London and thought it was extremely funny.
Battlecruiser HMS REPULSE, painted in a dazzle camouflage scheme, while escorting the last troop convoy to reach Singapore. The ship was sunk a few days later with great loss of life on 10 December 1941 by Japanese torpedoes. (Photo and caption courtesy of Imperial War Museum)
So wrote Captain William Tennant, RN, Commanding Officer of HMS Repulse when she was sunk off Malaya by Japanese planes on 10 December 1941. In an amazing demonstration of ship handling capability (and a bit of luck), Tennant managed to conn his almost 800 foot long battlecruiser to outmaneuver 19 Japanese torpedoes dropped from torpedo bombers. Eventually, planes came from every direction of the compass and sank the Repulse. Tennant survived to become a Knight Commander of Bath (KCB) and a full Admiral.
source: “Alarm Starboard!” by Geoffrey Brooke. As a young sub-lieutenant, RN, Brooke was aboard HMS Prince of Wales and witnessed the destruction of HMS Repulse. Captain Tennant was a family friend. In his memoir, Brooke says he saw Tennant on several occasions after the war but they never discussed the dreadful day of 10 December 1941.
Stern of HMS Repulse in Haifa, then part of the British Mandate of Palestine. July 1938. (Photo courtesy of the US Library of Congress)
PBY Catalina landing at NAS Jacksonville during WWII.
(official US Navy photo)
PB stands for “Patrol Bomber” and Y is the designation assigned to the manufacturer: Consolidated Aircraft. The PBY Catalina was the most widely used amphibious aircraft in World War Two. Manufactured in the US, many planes went via Lend-Lease to our allies.
While the US Navy called it the PBY, the British called it the Catalina and the Canadians called it the Canso. You often see this in aircraft names in World War Two. Our Allies would call planes received from Lend-Lease a different name than Americans used.
From the official website of the City of Hastings in the UK. http://www.1066online.co.uk/hastings-history/ww2/world-war-2.htm