Battleship : The Loss of the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse"
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". Taking full advantage of British Second World War documents and the Japanese Official History, the authors re-create for the reader not only what happened on that sunny morning, but also what it was like for the men involved. They dispose of several myths to explain what happened in those confused hours, and address the uncertainty, controversy and strong emotions that surrounded the militarily disasterous sinkings and the tragic aftermath.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 132.08 x 215.9 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
- 29 Nov 2001
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- 16pp b&w pictures
About Martin Middlebrook
Martin Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of THE KAISER'S BATTLE: MARCH 1918 (Classic Penguin Military History) and THE FIRST DAY ON THE SOMME (Classic Penguin Military History).
Table of contents
"A sword at our hearts"; "sinister twilight"; " a decisive deterrent"; force G; the voyage east; Singapore; the sweep; Kuantan; the first round; the lull; the final round; "abandon ship"; the rescue; the aftermath; an analysis; the years that followed; appendices.