During May 1941 HMS Suffolk played a vital role in the Battle of the Denmark Strait and the sinking of Bismarck. She had engaged the battleship twice during the battle and using her radar she was able to track the Bismarck through the Denmark Strait and maintained contact for other units to vector into Bismarck’s path.
Bismarck took part in only one operation during her brief career. She, and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, left Gotenhafen on the morning of 19th May 1941 for Operation Rheinübung, during which she was to have attempted to intercept and destroy convoys in transit between North America and Great Britain. When Bismarck and Prinz Eugen attempted to break out into the Atlantic, the two ships were discovered by the Royal Navy and brought to battle in the Denmark Strait. During the short engagement, the British battlecruiser HMS Hood, flagship of the Home Fleet and pride of the Royal Navy, was sunk after several minutes of firing. In response, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issued the order to “Sink the Bismarck”, spurring a relentless pursuit by the Royal Navy. Two days later, with Bismarck almost in reach of safer waters, Fleet Air Arm Swordfish biplanes launched from the carrier HMS Ark Royal torpedoed the ship and jammed her rudder, allowing heavy British units to catch up with her. In the ensuing battle on the morning of 27th May 1941, Bismarck was heavily attacked for almost two hours before sinking. The six waterline 1:1200 scale models, HMS Cossack, HMS Suffolk, HMS Hood, Bismarck, HMS Ark Royal and Prinz Eugen, in this set represent the main ships in this action, and are a must for any warship modeller, collector or historian of any age.
HMS Hood, the then pride of the Royal Navy, was tragically sunk with the loss of all but three of its crew by the Bismarck in 1941. The set includes exclusive photographs that can be displayed with the finished model. This set also includes 8 Humbrol Acrylic Paints, Humbrol Precision Poly and Paint Brushes.
Operating with the Home Fleet in the North Sea and Atlantic during the first two years of World War II, taking part in the pursuit of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941. Later in the year she was sent to the Far East, accompanying the new battleship Prince of Wales. Model Scale 1:600 Requires Painting (not included) 147 Pieces Length 403mm Width 45.5
Prinz Eugen was despatched into the North Atlantic with the Bismarck to attack convoys making for Great Britain. During the Battle of the Denmark Strait, she damaged both HMS Hood (then sunk by Bismarck) and HMS Prince of Wales, before escaping to Brest in occupied France. Airfix A50203 Prinz Eugen 1:600 Scale Pieces 151 Requires Painting (Not Included) Requires Painting (Not Included)
Arguably the most important role of the submarine, the Trafalgar class has an unrivalled capability to seek out and destroy other submarines that may pose a threat to any friendly force. It also has a well-proven capability to detect and attack surface forces. The Spearfish torpedo can be used against other submarines or surface ships. These capabilities can be used when the it is acting independently or in support of a task force. Trafalgar is used to great effect when the submarine is deployed in advance of friendly forces in order to reduce the flexibility of an opposition force by denying the use of an area or region. This is known as regional sea denial.