HMS Duke of York was one of Britain's five 14 in King George V class battleships, designed in the 1930s to 35000 ton Washington Treaty tonnage limits. She was flagship of the force that sank German battleship Scharnhorst on Boxing Day 1943 in a purely surface action, with no air involvement. Of the class only Prince of Wales (sunk by Japanese aircraft in December 1941) did not survive WW2.
Troopship Aquitania - The Aquitania in Wellington Harbour. This luxurious and fast Cunard White Star liner served as a troopship throughout the Second World War. In 1940, when this picture was taken, it was carrying troops of the Second Echelon of 2NZEF. During the First World War the ship had carried 60,000 US troops and served as an armed liner, transport and hospital ship.