The sinking of the prince of wales repulse the end of the battleship era martin middlebrook patrick mahoney on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers on 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 . The sinking of prince of wales and repulse was a naval engagement in the second world war part of the war in the pacific that took place off the east coast of present day malaysia which was then known as malaya near kuantan pahang where the royal navy battleship hms prince of wales and battlecruiser hms repulse were sunk by land based bombers and torpedo bombers of the imperial japanese . To ask other readers questions about the sinking of the prince of wales repulse please sign up be the first to ask a question about the sinking of the prince of wales repulse a decent enough retelling of the loss of prince of wales and repulse to japanese air attack the authors also make a . On december 8 1941 the drone of aircraft could be heard over singapore harbor the war in the pacific had begun that evening two ships went on a daring attack against the japanese the battleship hms prince of wales and the cruiser hms repulse set out on what would be their last voyage
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