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Sinking Z Force 1941 - Prince of Wales Battle

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Sinking Force Z 1941 - Osprey Books

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In late 1941, war was looming with Japan, and Britain's empire in southeast Asia was at risk. The British government decided to send Force Z, which included the state-of-the-art battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse, to bolster the naval defences of Singapore, and provide a mighty naval deterrent to Japanese aggression.

These two powerful ships arrived in Singapore on 2 December - five days before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But crucially, they lacked air cover. On 9 December Japanese scout planes detected Force Z's approach in the Gulf of Thailand. Unlike at Pearl Harbor, the battleships could manoeuvre, and their anti-aircraft defenses were ready. However, the Japanese dive-bombers and torpedo-bombers were at that time, the most advanced in the world, and the battle become one-sided.

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