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The Royal Navy Nelson-class battleship HMS Nelson, named after Horatio, fires a complete broadside with her nine16-inch (406 mm) guns known as Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Dopey, Sleepy, Bashful, Doc, Mickey and Minnie after the characters in the film Snow White whilet on operations in the Mediterranean as part of Force H on August 1, 1942, in the Mediterranean near Gibraltar. Picture: Keystone/Getty.

It was August 1942 and HMS Nelson was in the Mediterranean not far from Gibraltar when all nine of her 16-inch guns were deployed in this broadside.

You can only imagine what it must have been like to be on board when her guns were fired, let alone to be on the receiving end.

All our pictures today are concentrated on HMS Nelson.

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Sailors painting HMS Nelson’s keep up in a place, April 1929. Picture: Getty

She was launched on September 3, 1925, and commissioned on August 15, 1927.

This ship and her sister, HMS Rodney, had a distinctive outline making them immediately recognisable. During pre-war service she was given regular refits but a planned complete modernisation was not carried out because of the sudden increase of war.

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HMS Nelson passing Southsea seafront about 1930. Picture: The News, Portsmouth

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April 1929: HMS Nelson approaches her berth in Portsmouth Dockyard. Picture: Getty.
In the foreground lies the broken hull of the Nelson-class battleship HMS Rodney which played a major role in the sinking of German battleship Bismarck. Behind her in the time of action of being scrapped is her sister ship HMS Nelson and HMS Revenge on September 4, 1950, in Inverkeithing, Fife. Picture: Don Price/Getty.

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