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ISBN: 9780195578584

Published: 26 Nov 14

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In All Respects Ready

Australia’s Navy in World War One

David Stevens


Written by Australia’s foremost naval historian, In All Respects Ready presents the most comprehensive and authoritative account of the Australian Navy’s involvement in World War I yet published.

When the newly built Australian fleet sailed into Sydney for the first time in October 1913, it was portrayed as a sign of peace that came from being prepared for war. Within a year that war had broken out, and the Royal Australian Navy, fully trained and ready, was the most professional and effective force Australia had to offer the British Empire. Throughout the next four years of conflict Australian ships and sailors would operate across the seas and oceans of the world, establishing a tradition of intrepid courage and dogged endurance while forging their own unique naval and national identity.

Impeccably researched, and drawing on a wealth of previously untapped official reports, intelligence summaries and private diaries, this book offers far more than a chronicle of historical fact. Crafting the definitive work on this largely ignored chapter of Australian history, the author presents an engaging narrative of the war at sea that brings to life both the human element and a richly depicted sense of place.

Winner of the 2015 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize 

  • First detailed account of Australia’s role in the Great War at sea since the 1920s

  • A history of high scholarly quality written for a general audience

  • Makes use of archives and diaries from around the world

  • Generously illustrated with specially drawn figures & maps, including previously unpublished photographs

  • Provides Australians with a valuable reminder of their part in the global naval war 1914-1918

Foreword - Vice Admiral Peter Jones
Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Table of Equivalents
Comparative Ranks

INTRODUCTION
1: PLANNING FOR A PACIFIC WAR, 1909-14

- Vice Admiral Sir William Creswell
2: THE AUSTRALIAN STATION, 1914
- Honorary Paymaster Commander George Macandie
3: THE SOUTH PACIFIC, 1914
- Admiral Sir George Patey
4: GERMAN NEW GUINEA, 1914
- Commander Lionel Robinson
5: THE INDIAN OCEAN, 1914
- Vice Admiral John Glossop
6: THE PACIFIC OCEAN, 1914
- Principal Naval Instructor Dr Frederick Wheatley
7: EAST AFRICA, 1915-16
- Commander Thomas Biddlecombe
8: THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, 1915
- Able Seaman Reuben Mitchell
9: HALF SAILOR, HALF SOLDIER, 1915-18
- Rear Admiral Sir Leighton Bracegirdle
10: THE NORTH SEA, 1915
- Admiral Sir William Pakenham
11: THE NORTH ATLANTIC AND WEST INDIES, 1915–16
- Admiral Sir Guy Gaunt
12: THE CHINA STATION, 1915
- Commander John Jackson
13: THE CHINA STATION, 1916
- Captain Walter Thring
14: THE NORTH SEA, 1916
- Lieutenant Commander Donald McKenzie
15: THE NORTH SEA, 1916–17
- Commander Frederick Darley
16: THE NORTH SEA, 1917
- Rear Admiral John Dumaresq
17: THE NAVAL AIR WAR, 1914–18
- Air Vice Marshal James Goble
18: THE INDO-PACIFIC, 1916–17
- Rear Admiral Claude Cumberlege
19: THE INDO-PACIFIC, 1917–18
- Commissioned Boatswain Monty Murton
20: THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1917
- Rear Admiral Sir Francis Haworth-Booth
21: THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1918
- Commander William Warren
22: THE NORTH SEA, 1918
- Honorary Lieutenant Commander Sir John Latham
23: THE ARMISTICE, 1918
- Able Seaman John Minogue
24: BUSINESS AS USUAL
- Admiral Sir Francis Hyde

Appendix 1: RAN Involvement in Grand Fleet Operations
Appendix 2: Letter from King George V
Appendix 3: Senior Appointments
Appendix 4: RAN Fleet
Notes
Bibliography
Index

 

 

David Stevens is the Royal Australian Navy’s historian. He holds a doctorate in naval history from the University of New South Wales, spent twenty years as a naval warfare officer and still serves as an officer in the active reserve. He has published and lectured extensively on naval history and maritime strategy both locally and internationally.
'The book is not only a strategic, operational and tactical history, it is a social history as well. It is a remarkable how the author has blended these facts together into a very readable but still scholarly text which excels at every level. This book is very highly recommended; it should be part of the library of any student of the First World War at sea. It is also more than that, it is an exemplar of how to present naval history.'
Mike Farquharson-Roberts, The International Journal of Maritime History, Vol. 27, No. 4, November 2015.