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Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew

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Of all the Australians who fought in World War II, none saw more action nor endured so much of its hardship and horror as the crew of the cruiser HMAS Perth. Most were young, many still teenagers, from cities and towns, villages, and farms across the nation. In three tumultuous years they did battle with the forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Vichy French, and, fin ...more
Hardcover, 706 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Random House Australia (first published July 29th 2010)
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Jan 25, 2011 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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‘To the Memory of the Gallant Ship HMAS Perth’

The crew of HMAS Perth saw more action during World War II, and endured more of the horror and hardship of war than any other group of Australian servicemen. Most were young, many were still teenagers. HMAS Perth was nearly lost in a hurricane in the Atlantic, and was bombed in the Mediterranean by the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force in 1941. During the evacuation of the Australian Amy from Crete, the ship took a direct hit and thirteen men were
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Feb 02, 2016 James Yong rated it it was amazing
A well written book about not just the life and loss of the HMAS Perth and her crew but the political climate and circumstances that put her there. A real window into the past. Mike's vivid descriptions have the effect of putting you right in the midst of World War 2
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When I purchased this all I thought it would be about the battle of the Sunda Strait but it starts off with the first ships crew manning it for the first time all the way to the men in the POW camps. A very good read, especially if you are an ex or current sailor.
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Feb 28, 2014 Tegan Mahoney rated it it was amazing
I'm not even a fan of military history, but the vivid detail in which Mike describes not only the military aspect of this era but also the general atmosphere at the time is just so alluring. Highly recommend.
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Mike Carlton is one of Australia's best-known broadcasters and journalists. In a 40-year career, he has been a radio and television news and current affairs reporter, foreign correspondent, radio host and newspaper columnist.

He was an ABC war correspondent in Vietnam in 1967 and 1970, and for three years was the ABC's Bureau Chief in Jakarta. He also reported for the ABC from London, New York and
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