HMS Repulse

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Battlecruiser histories. Royal naval battlecruisers HMS Repulse and HMS Renown. Battlecruiser website dedicated to the history of HMS Repulse and HMS Renown from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of HMS Repulse and HMS Renown.

HMS Repulse was built at Clydebank by John Brown, and launched on 8th January 1916 . She saw action in the First World war on the 17 November 1917 at Heligoland Bight (a sortie by British battlecruisers.). During World War Two. She operated off Norway in 1940, and on Convoy duty until the summer of 1941. Repulse joined the eastern Fleet in October 1941, arriving at Singapore on the 2nd of December, she sailed with HMS Prince of Wales and four destroyers to attack Japanese naval forces in their landing areas around Malaya. On the 10th December both the Repulse and Prince of Wales were attacked by 80 Japanese aircraft and were sunk, HMS Repulse being hit by a Torpedo and sunk at 1233 hours, after being hit by a further 4 times.

HMS Repulse, January 1938.

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HMS Repulse, January 1938.

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HMS Repulse, January 1938.

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HMS Repulse, 1937.

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HMS Repulse, 1937.

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HMS Repulse, 1925.

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HMS Repulse, 1930.

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HMS Repulse, 1925.

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HMS Repulse, 1925.

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HMS Repulse, 1918.

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HMS Repulse, 1925.

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HMS Repulse, 1916.

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HMS Repulse, 1916.

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HMS Repulse

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HMS Repulse.

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HMS Repulse

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HMS Repulse.

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HMS Repulse was built at Clydebank by John Brown, and launched on 8th January 1916 . She saw action in the First World war on the 17 November 1917 at Heligoland Bight (a sortie by British battlecruisers.). During World War Two. She operated off Norway in 1940, and on Convoy duty until the summer of 1941. Repulse joined the eastern Fleet in October 1941, arriving at Singapore on the 2nd of December, she sailed with HMS Prince of Wales and four destroyers to attack Japanese naval forces in their landing areas around Malaya. On the 10th December both the repulse and Prince of Wales were attacked by 80 Japanese aircraft and were sunk, HMS Repulse being hit by a Torpedo and sunk at 1233 hours, after being hit by a further 4 hits.

HMS Repulse Battle Scroll from 1922

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HMS Repulse between 1916 - 1918.

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HMS Repulse

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The above photographs were kindly sent in by Christopher Barker and show HMS Repulse's crew in 1925 enjoying a 'crossing the line' ceremony with the young Prince Edward on board.