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By Angus Konstam, Paul Wright

Within the early twentieth century Britain's biggest colonies validated their very own small naval presence, and their ships fought along the Royal military in the course of international conflict I. those fleets have been extended a bit of in the course of the inter-war years, and in 1939 the Royal Australian army, the Royal Canadian army and the Royal New Zealand army willingly joined the struggle on behalf of the British Commonwealth. For the main half those small navies consisted of some cruisers and destroyers, designed to guard territorial waters and to guard neighborhood sea lanes. in spite of the fact that, those warships and their crews quickly chanced on themselves occupied with an international battle, and hence have been referred to as upon to struggle at any place they have been wanted, opposed to the Germans, the Italians and the japanese. in the beginning of the battle the Royal Australian army used to be the most important of those Commonwealth navies, however the difficulties of delivering its wartime wishes from the a ways facet of the realm hindered its growth. From overdue 1941 it additionally stumbled on itself combating a really diversified warfare from the British, and located itself operating heavily with the USA army to comprise the japanese within the Pacific. the following it used to be supported by means of the smaller Royal New Zealand army - whereas either one of those Commonwealth fleets had fought with contrast within the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, it was once within the Pacific Theater that they'd make their mark. Geography intended that the Royal Canadian army was once thrust into the leading edge of the conflict of the Atlantic, and whereas its fleet elevated speedily throughout the conflict, its sailors additionally earned a name for dedication, professionalism and cheerfulness which helped conquer a number of the tribulations of this gruelling naval crusade. The RCN ended the warfare because the greatest of those 3 Commonwealth fleets. This publication tells the tale of those small cruiser forces, and the boys who served the Allied reason so good through the lengthy and brutal conflict at sea.

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SHIP DETAILS Before the war began, HMAS Adelaide had her coal-fired boilers replaced by a more modern oil-fired system, and her main armament altered so that all her 6in guns were mounted on her centreline. Between 1942 and 1943 radar was added, her anti-aircraft armament was improved, and two of her 6in guns were removed, to make way for depth charge racks. 5in Conning Tower: 4in Complement: 470 men Wartime Modifications: Summer 1942: Six 20mm AA guns in single mounts added, as well as a Type 271 surface search radar.

This was not necessarily the case – the Dominion navies simply tended to have a more pragmatic approach to service life, and to naval rules and regulations. Much of this stemmed from a less rigid social hierarchy in civilian life, and a more tolerant naval one in the fleet. Another factor was the fact that as well as being a mixture of prewar sailors and ‘hostilities only’ ratings, many were unused to life in large ships. After all, these cruisers were among the largest ships in these dominion fleets, and so most sailors were more used to life on board smaller warships such as destroyers or escort vessels.

After the war ended she was lent to the Royal New Zealand Navy, and remained with them until the end of her active career in 1961. 47 INDEX References to illustrations are shown in bold. Plates are shown with page locators in brackets. com DUE No: 22 • ISBN: 978 1 84603 466 4 ELI No: 143 • ISBN: 978 1 84176 985 1 ELI No: 153 • ISBN: 978 1 84603 123 6 MAA No: 359 • ISBN: 978 1 84176 302 6 MAA No: 486 • ISBN: 978 1 78096 111 8 WAR No: 155 • ISBN: 978 1 84908 328 7 Sign up for the Osprey newsletter And WIN!

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