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Battleship: The Loss Of The Prince Of Wales And The Repulse (Penguin Classic Military History)

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On Wednesday 10 December 1941, the third day of the war with Japan, two Royal Navy capital ships were sunk off Malaya by air torpedo attack. They had not requested the air support that could have saved them and 840 men died in the battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battle cruiser HMS Repulse.
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Published by Not Avail (first published September 29th 1977)
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David Lowther
Jun 19, 2014 David Lowther rated it really liked it
This is an outstanding account of the sinking of the battleship Prince of Wales and the battle cruiser Repulse by Japanese torpedo carrying aircraft close to Singapore in December 1941.

The authors have gone to great trouble to seek out and interview survivors whose testimonies bring this tragic chapter in our sea history to life.

It's a book that can be read by those who are not technically minded (like me) and there are some excellent appendices for those who wish to know more. The book is also
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Alistair
Apr 21, 2015 Alistair rated it liked it
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A really interesting read. It was very good and loaded with details and the personal stories that bring it all to life.

Amazing to think that these ships were sent without any air cover into the teeth of the Japanese advance through Malaya. when so many recent events showed what happens to these types of ships when the are left undefended. They are sunk, and quickly.
Al
Mar 01, 2011 Al rated it liked it
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A fairly decent account of the tactical and operational mistakes that led to the loss of these two capital ships. The British were taught a valuable lesson on the use of airpower and the limited value of battleships deployed without aircover. The narrative was clear, but the background was thin and there was little indepth operational and strategic analysis on this episode.
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Martin Middlebrook (born 1932) is a British military historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Appointed Knight of the Order of the Belgian Crown in 2004.
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