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Battleship: The Loss of the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse" Hardcover – 29 Sep 1977


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (29 Sep 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713910429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713910421
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By dave t on 13 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
This book grips you from start to finish. It describes the tragic loss of the British battleship Prince of Wales and the cruiser Repulse in the opening days of the war with Japan. Combining cold clear facts with emotional anecdotes from those involved, it gives the impression of being very well researched, and is exceptionally well written.
The story unfolds at a number of levels, from the personal anecdotes of sailors, marines and airmen, to the strategic planning of governments and senior officers. This action was immensely important to the course of history for Britain and the Far East. If ever a story needed to be told then this is it, and I can't see how it could possibly be told in a better way!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 1998
Format: Paperback
MM is a good historian and this is a better read than his 1st WW book. He carefully notes and separates the genuine bad luck (eg no carrier in Singapore) from the unsound orders that lead the two ships to their last voyage with no air cover, and the equipment & design failures that speeded their demise. Their loss was probably inevitable at that time within a few months, but like Singapore itself, they should and could have taken a lot more of the enemy with them.
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By music lover on 15 Aug 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The condition of the book was not as I expected but my father helped to write the book and I was glad to get it. I let someone borrow my fathers copy given to him by the author a few years ago and didn't get it back so getting this one was important to me. My father was a gunner on the Repulse.
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By Alastair on 20 Dec 2014
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Tremendously well-written, this reads like a novel rather than a work of non-fiction. Despite being very familiar with the story, my interest was sustained all the way through. Many good anecdotes and quotes from survivors. Highly recommended.
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