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Book Description Battery Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover in Dust Jacket - 264 pages, 53 photos - HMNZS Achilles was a WW2 era light cruiser launched in 1932 and transferred from the Royal Navy to the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1936. In 1939, along with the Exeter and the Ajax, she took on the German Pocket Battleship Graf Spee and drove her in to Montevideo, following which the Graf Spee's captain chose to scuttle her rather than fight to the death. HMNZS Achille went on to fight at Guadalcanal in 1943, was prevented from taking part in D-Day by an internal explosion while refiting, but was back in the Pacific in 1945, taking part in the final phases of the Pacfic War against Japan. In 1946, she was handed back to the Admiralty and in 1948 she was acquired by the Indian Navy, renamed the Delhi, and continued in service through to 1978, when she was broken up. The author, Jack Harper, was one of the Royal New Zealand Navy men who served in the Achilles. In this book, he chronicles her life with the Royal New Zealand Navy. The book covers the birth of the Royal New Zealand Navy, peacetime training and Pacific Islands cruising, escort duties in early WW2, the hunting of the German commerce raiders at the start of the war, the drama of the Battle of the River Plate, where the Graf Spee met her fate, early actions in the Pacific War and the final closing months A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran-Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 1473136