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In 1942 Australia faced its darkest hour, exposed to invasion by a powerful foe. At this time, the great ship HMAS Perth was put under the command of a foreign chief to fight for foreign soil already lost. In her last mission the Perth and her American companion, USS Houston, were destroyed in the Battle of the Sunda Strait, one of the greatest battles in the history of the sea. Over 350 men, most of Perth's crew, went down with the ship. Her survivors were captured by the Japanese.
Spanning the entire period of the Second World War, Ship of Courage is the epic tale of the men who served in the Perth. It follows their story from Perth's commissioning as an Australian Navy vessel through the prisoner of war camps of Asia to the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. However, Ship of Courage is much more than a chronicle of a ship and her crew, it is a son's discovery of his father and an exploration of the lives of people caught in the wake of a bloody war, not only those in action but those who waited at home.
Ship of Courage is a story to touch the hearts of all who read it. It is a moving personal remembrance and a grand naval story of courage and heroism.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair+. Usual library marks and wear. 192 pages including crew list, maps and photos. From Perth's commissioning to her loss at the battle of Sundra Strait and the fate of those made POW's. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library. Seller Inventory # 000151