Phillips a scapegoat for 1941 ship loss

Cover - Scapegoat_ Scapegoat: The Death of Prince of Wales and Repulse. By Martin Stephen. Published by Pen and Sword Maritime, Barnsley, 2014.
Reviewed by Dr Gregory P. Gilbert

Admiral Sir Tom Phillips was no more perfect than any other mortal, but the things that ensured the command of Force Z was a poisoned chalice were none of them his making. He has been made a classic scapegoat for the failing of others.
Scapegoat
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THE story of the loss of the British battleship Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser Repulse off Malaya on 10 December 1941 resonates with Australian audiences. Continue reading