Just wondered if anybody knew why on HMS Neptune's battle honours all of them are in a normal set font apart from Bismarck which is in italics.
I just walk past it everyday and its bugging me a little (I need to get out more I know).
There are two types of naval battle honours, the first awarded to ships which have participated in a battle or campaign and the second for actions where the opposing side consisted of a single ship. Battle honours are derived from the location of the battle, action honours from the name of the opposing ship. It used to be the case that the two were shown in distinct ways, with battles written in capitals and actions in mixed case plus quotation marks, to highlight the difference, but later, it became the practice to inscribe actions in italic script instead, hence the inscription for the action against the Bismarck which you have seen.