Tuesday, 17 September 2013

British WW1 Battlecruisers

Following the German Battlecruiser Squadrons, here are the British Battlecruiser Squadrons from the Battle of Jutland.  These Navwar models need rebasing to really do them justice.  I guess I'll have to dust them off and start the rebasing over the winter.

 The fleet flagship and 1st Battlecruiser Squadron, front HMS Lion (fleet flagship) and HMS Tiger, rear HMS Princess Royal (squadron flagship) and HMS Queen Mary.
The fleet flagship, HMS Lion, typical of the class and similar to HMS Princess Royal and HMS Queen Mary.

HMS Tiger

The 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron flagship, HMS New Zealand
 HMS Indefatigable
5th Battle Squadron front left HMS Barham (flagship), HMS Valiant, rear HMS Warspite and HMS Malaya.
 HMS Barham, typical of the class making up the 5th Battle Squadron.

By 1916, the 2nd Battlecruiser Squadron was very much out of place in a fleet action against anything heavier than cruisers.  Even the 1st Battlecruiser Squadron was pretty vulnerable when trading salvos with capital ships.  The 5th Battle Squadron provided the muscle that the Battlecruiser Fleet so badly needed.

Thanks for looking!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Andy,

    Always nice to see more warships, though I have to say you're doing a good job of distracting me from finished the WW2 Americans with them :-). Might have to revisit my Predreadnoughts and actually finish reading the giant book on the Vittorio Veneto class my wife brought me a few years back.....