The Submarine Six

Australian Naval Heroes

Tom Lewis

Naval conflicts take place often far from our shores. Ships and men sometimes disappear to leave only mystery in their wake. In the 1990s the Royal Australian Navy broke with tradition and for the first time named six submarines after naval heroes. This book shows the true depths of their acheivements.
Date Published :
April 2011
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Language:
English
Illustration :
fully illustrated, color
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780987151919
Pages : 202
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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Naval conflicts take place often far from our shores. Ships and men sometimes disappear to leave only mystery in their wake. In the 1990s the Royal Australian Navy broke with tradition and for the first time named six submarines after naval heroes. This book shows the true depths of their achievements. These were men whose warrior exploits stand alongside those of any other nations. But they have been largely unrecognized, save for those submarines.

Captain Hec Waller, for example, fought to the end in HMAS Perth, alongside fellow cruiser HMAS Houston. The Houston’s Captain Rooks was deservedly awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, America’s highest honor. Captain Waller, by comparison, was given distinction, but not of the highest rank. Should he have been given the Victoria Cross?

Other heroes stand alongside him:
Emile Dechaineux, hero of Dunkirk and the North Sea, battling it out against Japanese Kamikaze attack.
John Collins, taking HMAS Sydney to victory against Italian cruisers.
Hal Farncomb – the first Australian to command an aircraft carrier, in action off the French coast.

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The Submarine Six also examines whether two more of its men deserve futher honor:
Teddy Sheean, tenacious gunner from Tasmania, fought to the end in HMAS Armidale.
Robert Rankin commanded HMAS Yarra against fearful odds, dying in defense of his convoy, attacked by overwhelming Japanese forces.

Are they also VC candidates?

About The Author
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Dr Tom Lewis Originally working as a High School teacher, Dr Tom Lewis OAM served as an officer of the Royal Australian Navy where he saw active service in the Middle East. Tom has written nine other history books, with his most recent being Zero Hour in Broome, and Darwin’s Submarine I-124. In 2003 Tom was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly in the promotion of Australian naval history.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Glossary

Acknowledgement

Preface

Foreword, by Vice Admiral Russell Crane, plus acronyms

The Naval World of the 1940s

Collins

Farncomb

Dechaineux

Waller

Rankin

Sheean

Epilogue

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