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- December 2004 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Title: The Royal Navy in Australia 1900-2000 Author: Ross Gillett and Vic Geoffrey Publisher: Maritime Books, Lodge Hill, Liskeard in Cornwall PL 14 4EL, United Kingdom.
This is a remarkable pictorial history of the presence of the Royal Navy in Australian waters, both as based units and visiting ships during the 20th century.
The authors have written a preamble text to explain the nature of the book and from there on – pictures and more pictures of ships. Among them are a number of well known ships from the between wars period (1919 – 1939), World War II and post war visits.
Readers will be surprised to see photographs of large ships, which in most cases, the presence of which were not known to the general public. A number of the ships shown have been visited by this reviewer and the photographs bring back memories of an era and situations, the likes of which will never again be seen.
Photographs run to 122 pages and are well chosen, clear and show great detail in most cases. This will appeal to modellers and readers in general. This book is highly recommended on all counts and should grace the libraries of naval enthusiasts with interests in warships in general.