SOMEONE HAD BLUNDERED; The stars of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales by Bernard Ash

SOMEONE HAD BLUNDERED; The stars of the Repulse and the Prince of Wales

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from page 44 of the January 1st bulletin, when scheduled for earlier publication, as follows: ""On December 10, 1941, two of Britain's mightiest warships sailed from Singapore to attack Japanese forces in the Gulf of Siam. A few hours later, both ships had gone to the bottom, victims of overwhelming enemy airpower. Building slowly but inevitably to the tragic climax, the author recounts each ship's history, retelling the classic sinking of 1941, the Atlantic Pact Conference of the same year, and other stories involving one or the other of the ships. He then analyzes the strategic reasons for Churchill's ordering of the ships to defend the Far East, concluding that because of lack of air support and misuse of other naval units available, it was a classic blunder. Above all, he proves how the sinking once and for all sounded the death knell to capital ships which can be destroyed by one well-placed bomb. A good job, although somewhat overlong, and at times repetitious.

Pub Date: May 5th, 1961
Publisher: Doubleday