Monday 15th May
'Prince of Wales & Repulse - Mistake or Mischance'
The loss of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse to Japanese bombers off Malaya in 1941 remains an intensely controversial disaster. Quite remarkably, the two ships deployed from Singapore after Pearl Harbour without proper surface escort or air cover, against an overwhelming Japanese air threat. Relying heavily on first hand sources and unpublished photos, Richard's talk will look at whether this tragic saga really was a litany of terrible mistakes, as is often claimed, or whether force of circumstance and bad luck were more to blame.
Guest Speaker: Lt Col Richard Williams OBE, MA, BA
Richard completed 35 years military service in the RAF and then TA, with operational experience in Ulster, Lebanon, Somalia and the Balkans. As an FCO contract officer he was Deputy High Representative of Bosnia to Lord Ashdown for which he was appointed OBE and more recently he was Director of Ops for OSCE in the southern Balkans. He has worked as defence consultant in Whitehall for various organisations and now lectures on military history and UK Defence.
Price: Gratis for Members | £5 for Guests