Force Z Shipwrecks of the South China Sea HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse
This is a fascinating piece of history – at least to me, as two members of my family fought in the Far East. So I learnt much that they were never able to talk about. It shows that during WW2, it was equally important to the Japanese to destroy the British Fleet in the Pacific as it was to destroy the American fleet 3 days earlier in Pearl Harbour.
The author is a diver and was invited to join a military expedition to survey the wrecks of 2 famous British warships: HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse now lying on the bottom of the South China Sea.
This book consists of 3 parts : the first part recounts the history of the formation of Force Z and its journey to the East, and the fall of Singapore, the second part covers the battle itself, during which the two ships were sunk, and its significance for the development of naval warfare .the last part is a detailed description of the two warships in their present position and of the expedition to survey them.
It is beautifully illustrated with underwater photographs of the wrecks themselves.
This book is of tremendous interest to history buffs and in particular to students of maritime warfare.