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Author Carlton, Mike, author

Title First victory : 1914 : HMAS Sydney's hunt for the German raider Emden / Mike Carlton
Published North Sydney, NSW : Random House Australia, 2013
North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2013


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 ADPML REF  940.45994 Car/Fvn  LIB USE ONLY
Description xviii, 1 unnumbered page, 467 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some in colour), maps, portraits, facsimiles ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Diagrams of HMAS Sydney and SMS Emden -- Worth of the name of Briton -- The most dangerous naval enemy -- The last man and the last shilling -- Like clashing swords and surging waves -- A great and urgent imperial service -- Keep your eye on Germany -- A damned fine finish -- This side of the Pacific should be ours -- Captain, prepare to leave your ship -- A sad and haunting sight -- A long bungle in the Pacific -- The last sunrise for many of us -- Emden beached and done for -- A valiant and chivalrous adversary -- The hum and whistle of bullets -- Fair to see but doomed to die -- Postscript. The ships and the men -- Appendix I. Crew list of HMAS Sydney -- Appendix 2. RAN operational order No. 1, 9 August 1914 -- Appendix 3. Glossop's report -- Appendix 4. Garsia's letter
Summary HMAS Sydney's hunt for the German raider, Emden. In the opening months of the First World War, Emden's trail of destruction was tremendous. This one small ship and her skilled and gallant captain wrought havoc on the maritime trade of the British Empire, capturing and sinking ships at will. Australia, sending wool, wheat and gold across the Indian Ocean to sustain the Mother Country and despatching tens of thousands of young men to join the fight, had a vital interest in bringing Emden to her end. The battle, when it came, was short and bloody, an emphatic first victory at sea for the newborn Royal Australian Navy. It remains to this day a celebrated epic of naval warfare. In the century since, many writers have been there before Mike Carlton. Most were German, some of them survivors of the battle, others later historians, and they have generally told the story well. British accounts vary in quality, from good to nonsense, and there have been some patchwork American attempts as well. Curiously, there has been very little written from an Australian point of view. This book is - in part - an attempt to remedy that, with new facts and perspectives brought into the light of day
Analysis Australian
HMAS Sydney
Naval ships
Naval warfare
World War 1
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 435-441) and index
Subject Sydney (Cruiser : 1913-1929). Emden (Cruiser)
Emden (Cruiser)
Sydney (Cruiser : 1913-1929)
Naval battles -- Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Australian -- World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, German -- Campaigns -- Indian Ocean Naval battles -- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, Australian
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- Indian Ocean.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Naval operations, German.
Australia -- History, Naval Germany
Australia -- History, Naval.
Germany -- History, Naval.
ISBN 9781742757636 (hardback)
Other Titles First victory 1914
HMAS Sydney's hunt for the German raider Emden