Scotland for Ever'; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815
Scotland for Ever'; the charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, 18 June 1815. The attack by the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment on the French 45th infantry was immortalised in this famous painting of 1881 by Lady Elizabeth Butler (1846-1933). The wife of a general as well as a popular Victorian painter, she persuaded the commander of the regiment to reconstruct the charge so she could make the painting. Some military historians doubt that the action actually took the form of the spectacular headlong charge depicted in the picture. What is known however is that the Scots Greys overpursued the French infantry, became split into disorganised small groups, and suffered heavy casualties at the hands of French cavalry formations before they were able to regain the British lines
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Vanguard-class submarine HMS Victorious
Pictured is the Vanguard-class submarine HMS Victorious.
The Royal Navy has operated the UK's Continuous at Sea Deterrent since 1967 when the first SSBN or Ship Submersible Ballistic Nuclear HMS Resolution began patrolling armed with the Polaris missile system.
In 1996 HMS Vanguard, the first submarine armed with the Trident missile system, arrived on the Clyde and took over deterrent patrol duties from the Resolution Class.
The four Vanguard-class submarines form the UK's strategic nuclear deterrent force.
Each of the four boats are armed with Trident 2 D5 nuclear missiles. Like all submarines the Vanguard Class are steam powered, their reactors converting water into steam to drive the engines and generate electricity.
Fitted with world beating sonar, essentially their ears, the system is so sensitive they can hear vessels over 50 miles away
Moon rising over Earths horizon
Moon rising over Earth's horizon, composite image. The blue haze of Earth's atmosphere can be seen above the horizon. Earth is thought to be the only planet in the solar system that can support life. The Moon (at centre) has a diameter just over a quarter of the Earth's. It orbits at a distance of around 385, 000 kilometres, taking nearly 30 days for one orbit. It does not have an atmosphere and is a heavily cratered and barren piece of rock
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