Title: Australian Cruiser Perth 1939 – 1942
Author: Pfennigwerth, Ian
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2007
Cover: Soft Cover with Dust Jacket – 263 pages.
Comments: The detailed history of HMAS Perth during World War 2.
HMAS Perth was built at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard and commissioned into the Royal Navy as HMS Amphion on 15 June 1936. Purchased by the Australian Government, she was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 29 June 1939. The ship was torpedoed by the Japanese and sank on 1 March 1942. Of the Perth’s company of 686, only 218 were repatriated. Many became prisoners of war and were incarcerated in camp near Batavia, Java.
For all but a few months from her commissioning in June 1939 to her sinking on 1 March 1942, the Australian light cruiser Perth was engaged in wartime operations. This book presents a story of adventure and courage in adversity, written as a tribute by a former commanding officer of the cruiser’s namesake, the guided missile destroyer Perth II.