Sutton, Stroud, 1st.ed., 2005. Xxii + 234 pp., 32 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. When Japanese aircraft sank two British capital ships in December 1941 ' PRINCE OF WALES and REPULSE ' Churchill described it as the most direct shock he ever received during the war. It was Churchill who had ordered Force Z out to the Far East ; a powerful unit but left vulnerable by lack of air cover. Their loss, as well as claiming the lives of hundreds of sailors, rather than deter Japanese aggression led on to the fall of Singapore and the end of British supremacy in the Far East until 1945. In this modern assessment, the author examines the decisions taken at top level, consulting a wide range of sources both official and private in the UK and USA. Illustrated with 32 photographs. FINE copy.