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A Timely Vindication of All Those That Died at Coronel,
This review is from: The Scapegoat - The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill's role in his death (Hardcover)
My Great Uncle, Tom Rees, was the Chief Stoker on HMS Monmouth, one of the two ships sunk at Coronel. Steve Dunn's book has really brought to life the realities of what the officers and crews must have felt going into such a one-sided battle. The book highlights the period for the Royal Navy, where the embers of sail ships are dying out, but all of the battle plans are still based on tactics that Nelson would have still recognised. The book also covers the disgraceful way that politicians - in this case Churchill, use war for their own glory, with little apparent thought for the lives of the forces that they so reckless use as their pawns.
This book should stand as a memorial to all of those lost at Coronel - from the Admirals down to the Able Seaman.