1. HMS Montrose

    "Boy’s Own Annual" - (1923-1924).
    Badges Of Some Of His Majesty’s Ships

    The first HMS Montrose was one of eight Admiralty-type destroyer leaders, sometimes known as the Scott class. They were named after figures from Scottish history and were ordered under the Wartime Emergency Construction Programme.

    She was laid down at Hebburn-on-Tyne on 17 September 1917, launched in June 1918, Home Fleet from 1930 to 1932,  1939 she was made leader of the 17th Destroyer Flotilla, stationed with the Western Approaches Command, and for the first few months back in active service was tasked with anti-submarine patrols in the East Atlantic.

    27 May 1940 assisted in the legendary Evacuation of Dunkirk, escorted convoys to North Russia before resuming coastal patrols off Britain, also covering east coast convoys. Her last action of the war came about supporting the Normandy Landings. Decommissioned and scrapped in 1946.

  2. Mrs. Miniver (1942) – Directed by: William Wyler; Starring: Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon

    Miss Monkey watched the old classic Mrs. Miniver the other night, and was inspired to make this week’s Maritime Monday about the Evacuation of Dunkirk.

    Based on the fictional English housewife created by Jan Struther in 1937 for a series of newspaper columns, the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director.

    Mrs. Kay Miniver (Greer Garson) and her family live a comfortable life at a house called “Starlings” in a village outside London. The house has a large garden, with a private landing stage on the river Thames, and a motorboat. As World War II looms, Clem; together with other boat owners, volunteers to take his boat to assist in the Dunkirk evacuation.

    Director William Wyler wrote and re-wrote the key sermon “the night before the sequence was to be shot.”  The speech “made such an impact that it was used in essence by President Roosevelt as a morale builder and part of it was the basis for leaflets printed in various languages and dropped over enemy and occupied territory.”

    In 2009, it was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and will be preserved for all time. Soon after filming, Richard Ney, who played Kay Miniver’s son and was 11 years her junior, married Garson.  –wikipedia

    Well, that explains the conspicuously long on-the-mouth kisses they exchanged during the film.

    Final outcome of the war being no where near certain by the film’s release in 1942, the studio wisely chose to omit any sweeping declarations about Victorious Britannia and the everlasting pluck of her peoples.

    - Mrs Miniver on IMDb -

    - Synopsis and Reviews on British Film Institute -