Fine Ships and Gallant Sailors

A little known battle that could have changed the course of World War I.

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I grew up in Australia where ANZAC Day is an annual holiday, but I had never heard of this battle. But if it hadn’t happened, the Australians and New Zealanders might not have made it to Galipoli, and the history of the First World War could have turned out very differently

This book is based on the journal of a friend’s grandfather who signed on to deliver Australia’s first light cruiser, the HMAS Sydney,  in 1913 and ended up in the middle of the first running gun battle of the First World War against the raider/pirate, the German SMS Emden.

The Sydney was escorting the first of the ANZAC fleet from Freemantle to Galipolli, which had been delayed repeatedly due to the risk of attack from the Emden. When the Emden attacked the telegraph station on the Cocos/Keeling Islands, the Sydney went to investigate.

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