New, Used & Rare War & Military Books
HMAS Perth was commissioned (re-commissioned) in June 1939 – (she actually began life as HMS Amphion in 1936).
She was in battle for nearly 3 years when in March 1st 1942 she was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese Navy in the Sunda Strait. On board were 681 personnel and out of this total 350 (3 civilians on board also) were killed in this battle. The 328 that survived the torpedoes (accept for four who died ashore) became POWs of the Japanese of which 106 men died under their captors.
HMAS Perth Battle Honours:
- Atlantic 1939-1945
- Mediterranean 1940-1943
- Crete 1941
- Greece 1941
- Matapan 1941
- Malta Convoys 1941-42
- Pacific 1941-45
- Sunda Strait 1941
A tragic end to one of the Australia’s proud fighting vessels in World War 2. Luckily several books have been written on HMAS Perth to keep her record and memory alive for all Australian’s and future generations.
For Books on this proud ship and more details on how to order please click on below links.
- The Australian Cruiser Perth: A History of the Light Cruiser Perth, from 1939-1942 By Author Ian Pfennigwerth.
- A Cooks Tour: HMAS Perth’s Mediterranean War 1941 – Autobiography of a member of the crew. By Author Ray Norris.
- Ray Parkin’s Odyssey: Autobiography of a member of the crew. By Author Ray Parkin.
- Ship Of Courage: The Epic Story Of HMAS Perth And Her Crew. By Author Brendan Whiting.
- Cruiser: The Life And Loss Of HMAS Perth And Her Crew. By MIKE CARLTON
- Cruel Conflict: The Triumph and Tragedy of HMAS Perth. By Author Kathryn Spurling.
- Java Rubble: A story of a ship, slavery and survival. By Author Fred Skeels OAM.
- All Men Back One Big Mistake: Autobiography of a member of the crew. By Author W.A. Bee.
These links will take you to one of our online bookstores. Please email us if you have any questions.
The History of No.2 Australian Independent Company (2/2nd Commando Squadron) in World War 2.
By Author Cyril Ayris.
The 2/2nd Commando Squadron battlegrounds and campaigns included Timor, New Guinea and New Britain. The Commando unit was formed in 1941 and trained for battle at the Guerrilla Warfare Camp in Victoria. One of the commanding officers was Bernard Callinan (the author of Independent Company). The Commandos disbanded in 1946.
The Commandos colour patch was a double red diamond which can be seen on the book cover.
This special edition of ‘All The Bulls Men’ contains the signatures of five unit members. This book also comes with a slipcase to protect the book and also contains a group photo of the 5 unit members who signed this copy as a reference.
Now a rare book; but with a slipcase and signatures makes this an even more collectible and special copy.
Not a small unit history by any means; this history contains 520 pages and includes B&W photos throughout the text. Nominal Roll and Decorations included. This book is extremely unlikely to ever be reprinted and is now out of print.
Order: All The Bulls Men
Gull Force, Survival and leadership in captivity 1941-1945.
Book Author Jean Beaumont
Australian soldiers sent to help the Dutch to defend Ambon; but taken Prisoners of War by the Japanese in 1942. After 3-1/2 years, less than 30% were still alive. This means, that the death rate was nearly double, that of those killed on the Burma railway.
This book describes those events and includes interviews from survivors.
To order: Gull Force
This is the history of the 454 Squadron R.A.A.F in World War 2 By Author Mark Lax.
Now out of print.
This R.A.A.F history covers from the beginning of the Squadron, Missions throughout the war and includes in the Appendices the Commanding Officers, 454 Squadron Battle Honours, Honour Roll, Honour and Awards and Maps.
210 pages, softcover book, full of B&W photos of the Squadron and members. The only unit history on this unit and extensive.
One copy in stock, to order please click on above book title.