Battleship; The Loss of the Prince of Wales and the Repulse (Signed copy)
Signed by Royal Navy veteran and survivor of The Prince of Wales
Second edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14.5cm, 366pp.
This copy has been signed by a survivor of the Prince of Wales, C B Elsmore who has signed the ffep and noted where he appears in the book, "C B Elsmore, Late of H.M.S. Prince of Wales, p169–170 & 255". He has also stuck his business card in and a further inscription by him to a fellow shipmate, Bert Hammett.
On Wednesday 10 December 1941, the third day of the war with Japan, two Royal Navy capital ships were sunk off Malaya by air torpedo attack. They had not requested the air support that could have saved them and 840 men died in the battleship "HMS Prince of Wales" and the battle cruiser "HMS Repulse". Taking full advantage of British Second World War documents and the Japanese Official History, the authors re-create for the reader not only what happened on that sunny morning, but also what it was like for the men involved. They dispose of several myths to explain what happened in those confused hours, and address the uncertainty, controversy and strong emotions that surrounded the militarily disasterous sinkings and the tragic aftermath.
The book is in good plus condition with some browning to the page edges. The dustwrapper is a little faded to the spine with a few small closed tears. It has been price-clipped by the publisher with price sticker stuck down and the wrapper is now within a protective sleeve.
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