Amongst the long list of ships lost during the two World Wars are two battleships that were literally sent to their doom on this day in 1941. The sinking of HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales is well documented and I won’t repeat all that is written about them, suffice to say a better account of the battle may be read at the relevant Wikipedia page. Technically HMS Repulse was a battlecruiser, and if anything even more vulnerable to air attack due to the bad design.
Many of the survivors of the sinking would become prisoners of war in the subsequent battles that put South East Asia into Japanese hands, they too would loose their lives as a result of their captivity.
The loss of these two ships was yet another nail in the coffin for the big gun ship, and a display of how vulnerable they were to air attack.
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