War in the Pacific 1941-1945: And So To Tokyo

Battle of Savo Island: Chart of the disposition of ships the night of August 8.

While the main focus of this site is the Age of Sail in general and the Aubrey/Maturin series in specific, every now and then it’s necessary to take a slight historical detour :) Mackenzie Gregory, a Particular Friend and eminent naval scholar (he’s the one who wrote the brilliant breakdown of the Battle of Cape St. Vincent), has just released a new book entitled War in the Pacific 1941-1945: And So To Tokyo. He is more than qualified to write such a book, having served in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II.

When I was thirteen years old, I joined the Royal Australian Naval College as a Cadet Midshipman in January 1936, with the imminent threat of War my College Jervis Year went off in August 1939 to join the Australian Fleet.

I spent the entire 1939-1945 conflict at sea or overseas, in HMA Cruisers, Australia, Canberra, Adelaide and Shropshire, and in Royal Navy schools in UK. carrying out my Sub Lieutenant’s courses.

Serving as a Sub Lieutenant RAN in HMAS Canberra, I was on her bridge as her Officer of the Watch when the Battle of Savo Island commenced on August 9, 1942, we were subsequently sunk, losing eighty four dead, with another one hundred and ten wounded.

I was present in HMAS Shropshire in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, for the Japanese Surrender. – Mackenzie Gregory, War in the Pacific 1941-1945: And So To Tokyo

While I have not yet read the book, it cannot help but be well-written and full of fascinating historical information from a first-hand perspective. I highly advise those of you with interest in naval warfare and/or WWII to contact Mackenzie Gregory (macden1[at]westnet{dot}com) personally with your name and address. The book is A$29.95 plus postage, which will vary depending where it has to go.

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