Built to defend Britain in the war that was clearly coming, the King George V-class of battleships compromised only with their main armaments which were reduced to 14 inch guns to fulfil treaty obligations. However, by mounting ten of them, the King George V could pack a fearsome punch. It was also very fast for such a well-armoured ship. Famously involved in the Battle of Denmark Strait against the Bismarck, the Prince of Wales landed three shells on the German ship but was heavily damaged in return. The Prince of Wales was then deployed with the Repulse along the Malayan Coast where it was sunk by Japanese aircraft in what was one of the heights of Imperial arrogance.