Hms Glorious

Unit Card:


Set - Rarity - Number

V - Rare - 7/39


RB's V Opening Salvo #1 (updated by nrnstraswa)
Like Kaga, Glorious didn’t begin her career as a carrier. She was completed as a fast, lightly armored, shallow-draft battlecruiser during World War I, and actually fought in that configuration in the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight (31 October 1917). After the war, the large hull and high speed of Glorious and her sisters Courageous and Furious made them excellent candidates for conversion to aircraft carriers instead of scrapping. She was recommissioned in 1930, and served mostly in the Mediterranean Fleet throughout the 1930s.

HMS Glorious began World War II with a futile hunt in the Indian Ocean for the German pocket battleship Graf Spee. She was ordered back to home waters in April 1940 to provide air cover for the British forces landing in Norway to repel Germany’s invasion of that country. HMS Glorious made several trips to ferry aircraft reinforcements into Norway during late April and early May, then covered the evacuation operations when the British decided to withdraw. On the afternoon of 8 June 1940, she ran into the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenauwith only two destroyers for escorts—an unforgivable blunder, since it was broad daylight and the captain of HMS Glorious had neglected to establish any kind of air patrol which might have warned him that enemy warships were close by. The Germans quickly sank HMS Glorious with heavy loss of life.


RB's V Opening Salvo #1
Glorious is a fairly typical fleet carrier in terms of size and durability, but she only carries two squadrons—most British carriers did not operate with the large airgroups that Japanese or American carriers routinely embarked. Her Expert Dogfighter and Expert ASW abilities make her a good defensive platform, making her a natural choice for embarking fighters for air defense and torpedo bombers for submarine-hunting.

Plastic Figure Notes:


The sculpt is very nice, except the island is backwards.

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