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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent portrayal of the tragic loss of two great ships, 13 Jan. 2002
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dave t (Wiltshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Battleship: The Loss of the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse" (Penguin Classic Military History) (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Proud daughter, 15 Aug. 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read., 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Research, 11 Mar. 2015
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My Uncle served on H.M.S.,Repulse when she was sunk and I never knew until after his death. This book is helping me to understand what happened and what he went through at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Nov. 2014
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Philjack (Birmingham uk) - See all my reviews
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Very happy to get this book as it is a gift for someone, looks a good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good explaination of one of the defining moments in the decline of the battleship, 9 April 2008
This review is from: Battleship: The Loss of the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse" (Penguin Classic Military History) (Paperback)
Battleship: The Loss of the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse" is a very interesting work which explains in great detail how the Royal Navy came to lose two of their primary ships defending Malaya in December 1941. Not only does it explain why they sunk and the events surrounding this incident thaey also delve into the defence policies of 1930s Britain which were the key reason why these two ships were there. All in all an interesting book which shows how the battleship as an instrument of war was being rapidly made obselete by aircraft.
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