The Repulse battlecruiser was completed in 1916 and was partially modernized just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
After working as an Atlantic escort she sent along with the Prince of Wales to defend Allied forces in Singapore. Both ships were sunk off the coast of Malaya after being attacked by the Japanese Air Force on 10th December 1941.
Last spring the Germans had constructed huge tents in an open space in the Lager. For the whole of the good season each of them had catered for over 1,000 men: now the tents had been taken down, and an excess 2,000 guests crowded our huts. We old prisoners knew that the Germans did not like these irregularities and that something would soon happen to reduce our number.