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Cruiser: The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and…

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

by Mike Carlton

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Mike Carlton has developed a lovely narrative of the history of this ship during her service in World War 2. The stories of the sailors are interesting and drawing from diary entries helps to feel more connected with those that served. Having said that, many of the stories of the crew delve in to speculation about their personalities.

I do have another major gripe or two about the book. Firstly it is obvious that Mike Carlton puts his spin on the politics of the day. He again creates speculative personal interactions between commanders and blames some of them for the disasters that sometimes occurred. One example of this is the ABDA fleet where Carlton says that it was contridictory orders that delayed the departure of Perth from Fremantle. As Hal Colbatch has illustrated this is clearly the result of a wharf strike.

So, a lovely story but not a brilliant history book. ( )
  rholland | Aug 28, 2015 |
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Of all the Australians who fought in the Second World War, 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 were still teenagers ; from cities and towns, villages and farms across the nation.… (more)

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