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The Sinking of the Prince of Wales & Repulse (Paperback)

The End of the Battleship Era

WWII Maritime Japan & the Pacific Front

By Patrick Mahoney, Martin Middlebrook
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 376
Illustrations: 32 black and white
ISBN: 9781844150755
Published: 22nd July 2014
Last Released: 10th March 2021

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On 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. The authors re-create for the reader not only what happened, but also what it was like for the men involved. They dispose of several myths to explain the events of those confused hours, and address the uncertainty, controversy and strong emotions that surrounded the militarily disastrous sinkings.

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About Martin Middlebrook

Martin Middlebrook has written many other books that deal with important turning-points in the two world wars, including The First Day on the Somme, Kaisers Battle, The Peenemnde Raid, The Somme Battlefields (with Mary Middlebrook), The Nuremberg Raid 30-21st March 1944 and Arnhem 1944 (all republished and in print with Pen and Sword).


Martin Middlebrook is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and lives in Lincolnshire.

The Sinking of the Prince of Wales & Repulse

10th December 1941

The Second World War: British battleships Prince of Wales and Repulse are sunk by Japanese bombers and submarines in the South China Sea, just three days after the USA and Britain had declared war with Japan.


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