OFFICIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA IN THE WAR OF 1914-1918 Volume IX – The Royal Australian Navy: 1914–1918


The ninth volume in the Official History, written in the 1920s under trying conditions of censorship by the Admiralty (eventually partially overcome), is set out to show that during the Great War the Royal Australian Navy had justified the policy of the pre-war Australian leaders who had inaugurated it. Covered, amongst other topics, is the Capture of the German Colonies, the Sydney-Emden Fight, Overseas Service in East Africa, Dardanelles, North Atlantic and also in European Waters. It confirms that whether fighting in action, in routine patrolling, or working ashore, the young Australian fleet and its men, under Admiralty control, had shown themselves worthy of the traditions and courage of the Royal Navy.