8 in County class heavy cruiser HMS Cumberland - the most powerful British unit in the South Atlantic in 1939, but unfortunately in the Falklands for a refit at the time of the Battle of the River Plate. She rejoined light cruisers Ajax and Achilles (badly damaged heavy cruiser Exeter having withdrawn) in time to witness pocket battleship Graf Spee's self destruction off Montevideo.
SEP 9 1943 The Italian front opens at Salerno (Operation Avalanche): The British destroyer HMS TARTAR puts up an anti-aircraft barrage with her 4.5 inch AA guns to protect the invasion force from attack by enemy aircraft.
The Royal Navy escort carriers HMS Biter (D97) and HMS Avenger (D14) underway in line astern from the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious (R38). Two Supermarine Seafires of 884 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, can be seen at the far end of the flight deck of HMS Victorious. September 1942