This past month I added 4 models to my collection. All of them are painted in their First World War dazzle camouflage patterns. Two of them I purchased, and 2 others I built because no commercial model maker currently offers them. The difference in quality is obvious, but there were no alternatives. The Nereus is … More Some New Additions to My Model Collection
the Royal Navy introduced aircraft during the First World War. Some early seaplanes operated from tenders like HMS Engadine. The seaplanes were hoisted from the ship and placed in the water, After landing they could be lifted back on board. The photos show several Short 184 large torpedo carrying seaplanes on their mother ships. … More Early RN Fleet Air Arm in My Collection
Dazzle camouflage was developed to help protect merchant ships from U-boat attacks. Here are a couple of examples of patterns that were applied to Q-ships. Q-ships were commissioned warships that were resigned to look like merchant vessels. The submarine would be tempted to come to the surface in order to complete destroying its prey without … More Some Examples of British WWI Dazzle Camouflage
Japan participated in the First World War on the side of the Western powers against Germany. She was amply rewarded in the peace settlement by acquiring most of the German colonial possessions in the Far East, Japanese destroyers helped fight U-boats in the Mediterranean. Japanese merchant ships traveling in the war zone also received camouflage … More Japanese WW One Ship Camouflage
The American Army sent a massive force of ground troops to France to help bring an end to the First World War. There were no airplanes to cross the Atlantic then, Everyone came by ship. The largest of the transatlantic passenger ships have been called superliners because they were so much larger than other ships … More The Superliners at War
I just had an item I wrote published on the US Naval Institute blog. https://www.navalhistory.org/2019/01/10/heroes-in-camouflage It’s not the first tie I ever had an item featured on-line, but it feels good to know that someone else appreciated what you’ve done enough to share it with their viewers. It was a good day all around, with … More A Good Feeling
There were many RN warships that never received camouflage paint. Most of the Grand Fleet spent the war in a uniform coat of grey. One of the reasons for thia was that camouflage could deceive an observer regarding the course and speed of the ship. For a fleet of ships maneuvering together this could lead … More RN WI warships in my collection that did not receive camouflage
Here are a few more models from my collection painted in their First World War “Dazzle” camouflage designs,
This is the time of the year when the Palestinians usually make another attempt to have the British Government rescind the Balfour Declaration. It’s just another way to try to keep world media focused on their problems. But it doesn’t hurt to examine the facts, Lord Arthur Balfour was the British foreign secretary during World … More Lord Balfour? Who? What?
The models featured in this post were giant transatlantic passenger liners. They usually traveled without escort. Their high speed often kept them from being attacked. But Justicia, a former Dutch ship, was sunk by a U-boat while waiting to proceed into port.