Model of the Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Warspite. Built by HM Dockyard, Devonport, Warspite was commissioned in 1915 and saw action with the Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916. Despite serious battle damage Warspite survived. During the 1930s Warpite was extensively modified and her fire control and armament were modernised. During World War II, Warspite took part in the Norwegian Campaign, where her aircraft sunk U-64 and the ship played a leading part in the destruction of a force of eight German destroyers. Subsequently, Warspite served in the Mediterranean alongside HMAS Sydney (II) against the Italian navy at the 1940 Battle of Calabria. Later Warpite was present at the Battle of Cape Matapan and the Battle of Crete in 1941. After serving with the Eastern Fleet in 1942, Warspite returned to the Mediterranean in 1943 taking part in invasion support tasks against Sicily and the Italian mainland. After suffering major damage resulting from being hit by a German glide bomb near Salerno, Warspite was partially repaired and served during the D-Day landing to provide fire support with some of her 15-inch guns. By early 1945, Warspite had been put in reserve and was scrapped post-war after running aground while being towed off the Cornish coast.

This model was built by E.J Krummeck and was purchased by the Museum in 1941. It is one of a large collection of British and Australian naval ship models built by this modelmaker.

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