The Australian Cruiser Perth, 1939-1942, by Ian Pfenningweth
Kenthurst, N.S.W.: Rosenberg Publishing/Portland, Ore: ISBS, 2007. Pp. 263. Illus., maps, diagr., notes, biblio., index. $29.95 paper. ISBN:1877058521.
Known in the
primarily as the Australian ship that went down alongside the USS Houston in a gallant fight in the
very early on
March 1, 1942
was in fact a seasoned veteran of more than two years of war, beginning operations just two months after commissioning. But for a brief refit,
was almost continuously in action from the onset of World War II in September of 1939 until she was sunk.
This volume traces
history from her origins as part of the effort to expand
s naval forces in the interwar period, through her loss. Her wartime career was impressive, routine patrol against submarines and surface raiders in the
, escorting convoys to
, fighting from the Battle of Cape Matapan to the evacuation of
, supporting land forces in
, and, at the end in the desperate Allied attempt to stem the Japanese advance in the East Indies
In the process of telling this impressive story, the book introduces the reader to the ship's company, from her captains to many of the common seamen, providing an excellent look at a fine warship in a desperate struggle.
Reviewer: A.A. Nofi
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