H.M.S. SUSSEX, 1934-1937.

Bonham-Carter, S. S. (Foreword by).


Malta, Critien's, Printers, Valletta, 1st.ed., 1937. 153 pp., frontis., + 25 other photo-plates + a map (fldg.). Grey cloth ; gilt. 23 x 15cm. Slight staining of binding ; 1 plate loose ; o/w GOOD/V.G. A record of the third commission of the British cruiser HMS SUSSEX, 1934-1937, 1st Cruiser Squadron, Mediterranean Fleet. Her commission took her around the Mediterranean, to Ceylon, Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, etc., under the command of Captain (later Vice-Admiral) Sir Stuart Sumner Bonham-Carter (1889-1972). He saw action in both world wars, although during World War II he gained something of a reputation as a 'Jonah' as each cruiser in which he raised his flag was eventually sunk. The commission of SUSSEX began with a 'royal cruise' as HRH The Duke of Gloucester sailed with them from Sheerness. The book records the highlights of the three-year commission, part of which she was attached to the Royal Australian Navy ; plus the sport achievements of her officers and ratings. The SUSSEX, built in 1929, fought with Force H in World War II and saw much action throughout the conflict. The Japanese surrender of Singapore took place upon her decks. The cruiser was broken up in 1950. Maltese printing. SCARCE.

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