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Friday, 3 April 2015

Battleships and Men

Photo collection by D-Mitch

USS Missouri (BB-63)
HMS Nelson
This is a collection of more than 75 crew photos of various countries' battleships and battlecruisers. I have always found really impressive the size of these Kings of the Seas, the so-called "Castles of Steel" or "The Floating Fortresses", with the huge guns during the 19th century and the early 20th century. Moreover, the fact that these massive warships had a crew of thousands of men (the complement of some ships exceeded the 2,700 men!), larger that any kind of today's surface combatant. So, enjoy some nostalgic photos of these former giant rulers of the seas with their crews! If you have similar photos, please share them with me and I will include them in this collection!

USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) or USS Arizona (BB-39)
French battleship Dunkerque
USS Texas (BB-35)









 


USS Vermont (BB-20)











HMS Hood
HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Indomitable


HMS King George V
HMS Hood
HMS Hood
 





HMS Lion






HMS Duke of York
HMS Renown








USS California (BB-44)
HMAS Australia and her crew in 1918
 
USS Illinois (BB-7)
USS Louisiana (BB-19)
USS Kearsage (BB-5)
USS Kansas (BB-21)





USS Georgia (BB-15)
USS Virginia (BB-13)

USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Maine (BB-10)





Battleship IJN Nagato
HMS Iron Duke and her crew in 1916

USS Kearsage (BB-5)
USS Iowa (BB-4)
USS Texas (BB-35)
USS Utah (BB-31)




USS New Mexico (BB-40)
USS Washington (BB-56)



USS Arizona (BB-39)
USS Wyoming (BB-32)
USS Idaho (BB-42)
USS Connecticut (BB-18)
USS Michigan (BB-27)



USS Minnesota (BB-22)


USS Missouri (BB-11)


USS New Jersey (BB-16)


USS Vermont (BB-20)









USS Maine (BB-10)
USS Virginia (BB-13)
USS Florida (BB-30)
French battleship Strasbourg








Jean Bart (1911)
Paris

HMS Nelson
HMS Canada

HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Barham



















HMS Vanguard
HMS Malaya








HMS Queen Elizabeth
HMS Renown in 1919








USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
USS Minnesota (BB-22)
USS Arkansas (BB-33)


 

USS Rhode Island (BB-17)




USS North Dakota (BB-29)





Chilean battleship Almirante Latorre



Turkish battlecruiser Yavuz







USS Florida (BB-33)

Jean Bart (Richelieu class, late '50s)









The crew of the Russian battleship
Andrei Pervozvanny
USS Texas (BB-35)






Chilean battleship Almirante Latorre in 1948
USS Indiana (BB-58)
USS Arkansas (BB-33)
USS Arkansas (BB-33)

USS Arkansas (BB-33)




USS South Carolina (BB-26)




















USS Missouri (BB-63)


HMS Hood at the Panam Canal, 1924










General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, standing on an anchor windlass speaking to the crew of the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) in the Persian Gulf on Sept. 1, 1990, during Operation Desert Shield.

3 comments:

  1. Impressive photos, though some Averof RHN battleship crewmen ones, would be a great addition:
    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Averof_and_its_crew.jpeg
    http://eliaserver.elia.org.gr/elia/site/content.php?sel=22&present=459763
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Greek_Navy_during_the_Second_World_War_A15183.jpg

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    1. Thank you Manolis (also for your comment about Elli class). I have also two very good photos
      1.http://i.imgur.com/fwnTWp1.jpg
      2. http://i.imgur.com/OhZzzVr.jpg
      However, I considered that RHS Averof should not be included in this post as it was never a battleship, but it is classified as armored cruiser (Pisa class).

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  2. Great collection of pics. Don't you have any of the Bismarck ?

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