Official Histories – Second World War

Volume II – Royal Australian Navy, 1942–1945 (1st edition, 1968)

G Hermon Gill

Royal Australian Navy 1939–1942, first of the two naval volumes in the Australian Official History of the 1939–1945 War, told of Australia’s naval policy, and of the part played by her navy in the war in the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Indian Oceans, and in the Mediterranean, from the outbreak of war until March 1942. This volume continues the story, and chronicles the activities of ships and men of the Royal Australian Navy alongside those of their British and American Allies, once again in near and distant seas. These activities are seen against the background of the political and military policies of which the RAN was one of the naval instruments, and which ultimately decided the victory with which this story closes.

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Title Page
Contents, Illustrations, Maps, Sketch Maps, Preface, and Chronology i
Chapter 1 – Shaping Japan’s Perimeter 1
Chapter 2 – Japan’s First Check – Coral Sea 25
Chapter 3 – Australia’s Coast Raided – Her Flanks Strengthened 58
Chapter 4 – Australia – June 1942 100
Chapter 5 – Guadalcanal – Pacific Hinge–pin 114
Chapter 6 – Sparring for the North 158
Chapter 7 – On Australia's Ocean Communications 184
Chapter 8 – South–West Pacific – Prelude to Flood Tide 211
Chapter 9 – The Supply Lines Battle 250
Chapter 10 – Indian Ocean – Mediterranean Interlude 294
Chapter 11 – The Mission of Krait 317
Chapter 12 – Allied Offensives Gather Momentum 326
Chapter 13 – Pacific Drive – Indian Ocean Interlude 362
Chapter 14 – The Assault Armadas Strike 410
Chapter 15 – Strategy for Victory 451
Chapter 16 – Preface to the Philippines 478
Chapter 17 – Leyte 500
Chapter 18 – Operation Rimau 541
Chapter 19 – Submarine’s Swansong 547
Chapter 20 – The RAN in Burma 558
Chapter 21 – Lingayen Gulf 575
Chapter 22 – The British Pacific Fleet Joins In 594
Chapter 23 – Australians at Tarakan 616
Chapter 24 – “Mopping–up” New Guinea and the Solomons 625
Chapter 25 – RAN Survey Key to Brunei 636
Chapter 26 – Australia's Largest Amphibious Attack – Balikpapan 646
Chapter 27 – Final Milestones to Japan's Surrender 659
Chapter 28 – Surrender – and Aftermath 676
Chapter 29 – Epilogue 702
Appendix 1 – The Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships 706
Appendix 2 – The Minesweepers 708
Appendix 3 – Peak Strengths – Ships and Personnel – and Casualties 710
Appendix 4 – The RANVR on Mine Disposal 714
Appendix 5 – Abbreviations 718
Index 721