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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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars a concise account of the unecessory loss of 2 ships, 12 Nov 1998
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good explaination of one of the defining moments in the decline of the battleship, 9 April 2008
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall good, but I expected more detail on the wrecks..., 19 Jan 1999
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This is the first book I have read on the subject of Force Z so I personally learned much. I only wish there were more and better (larger) pictures and the paper they are printed on better. I also wish that there was more on the actual wrecks themselves - maybe a few drawn images or something.This was most likely not the purpose of the author so all in all I liked the book and would recomend it to anyone interested in the sad story of these two fine ships.
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Battleship: The Loss of the "Prince of Wales" and the "Repulse" by Patrick Mahoney (Hardcover - 29 Sep 1977)
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