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When the First World War broke out thousands of men were sent away to fight for their country. The RAN was ready to defend Australia’s long coastline and overseas trade from a powerful German enemy. The Kaiser’s cruiser SMS Emden,a lone raider already at sea on the outbreak of war, was poised to strike. For four months she captured and sank Allied ships, crippling trade and earning a reputation as the most hunted ship on the seas.
On November 9, 1914, the cruiser HMASSydney came across the Emden in the Indian Ocean. In a short, bloody battle, she pounded the German ship to pieces. It was a triumphant first victory for the Australian Royal Navy, celebrated to this day.
In First Victory, 1914, Mike Carlton recounts this historic win, from the foundation of the Royal Australian Navy to the battle and beyond. He has a reporter’s eye for Australia and her people at this turbulent time, and he beautifully depicts the characters on board both ships, with sympathy and a profound knowledge of sailors and the sea.
Adult $10.00 Pensioners/Students $8.00(Passes must be shown)
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