H.M.S. Belfast [2]
Inside the control room

Most students were "creeped out" by the realistic figures onboard the Belfast!

Not all students minded the dummies

That was not the case for all students!

A new Belfast commander

This MSU Army ROTC student tries her hand at British Navy command!

A Student Salute

Although the uniforms were authentic from WWII, the salute wasn't quite up to standards or technique for the British Navy! A WWII British Navy veteran was in the bridge to speak with the students about the uniforms and his own experiences in protecting Allied ship convoys in the North Atlantic. As an active DOCENT volunteer for the Imperial War Museum, he added a voice of authenticity for the students that day.

Students were able to view a copy of the H.M. S. Belfast’s Ship’s Log for D-Day, 6 June 1944:

Top of ship's log for D-Day

This image shows the top of the Ship's Log that day. At 0500 hours the entry read--"Stopped in position to bombard to starboard." At 0527 hours the log reads "Opened fire with full broadside to port." This was one of the first naval gun salvos on D-Day to support the amphibious invasions. Early that morning the ship supported the landings of the Allied forces on Sword, Juno, and Gold Beaches.

."”].”Bottom half of ship's log
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