Pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee at another Coronation review at Spithead, this time in 1937 (see similar 1911 Von der Tann photo nearby). Scuttled after the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939, she was the first significant German naval loss of WW2.
HMS Hood two days before confronting Bismarck, May 1941. Battlecruisers were conceived to rid trade routes of enemy cruisers, having more speed than battleships but less armour. No more were laid down after Jutland, when 3 were lost, but Hood was nearly complete. 25 years later the flaws in the concept were exposed once more.
The American crew of this M36 90mm Tank Destroyer (90 mm Gun Motor Carriage) are seen here rolling up a Swastika flag they had found in the German town of Bitburg. The town was captured on February 28 1945.