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In 1939 Marsden Hordern's mother refused to sign the paper allowing her seventeen-year-old son to fight overseas with the Royal Australian Air Force. 'I did not rear you to be killed in an airplane,' she said. 'Join the navy.' He took her advice and in doing so determined his future. In small patrol boats, Fairmiles and a Harbour Defence Motor Launch, he patrolled the shores of Japanese-held territory, assisted beleaguered commandos in Timor, and was finally caught up in the drama of rounding up Japanese prisoners of war and guarding them in New Guinea."."A Merciful Journey presents an account of Hordern's life from a happy childhood growing up in Sydney during the Great Depression, to his years serving in the Royal Australian Navy from 1942 to 1947. Drawing on the letters and journals he wrote at the time, Hordern recounts his triumphs and disasters as a naval officer, detailing his rise from a young and callow sub-lieutenant to a lieutenant in command of his own ship. He recalls his hopes and fears, and, in the face of the horrors of war, reveals an appealing enthusiasm for new experiences and a growing love of the sea."--BOOK JACKET.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780522851656
ISBN-10: 0522851657
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 161mm x 30mm)
Pages: 360
Imprint: Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Marsden Hordern

Marsden Hordern is the author of "King of the Australian Coast: The Work of Phillip Parker King in the Mermaid and Bathurst 1817-1822 "and "Mariners are Warned!: John Lort Stokes and H.M.S. Beagle in Australia 1837-1843." He received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Sydney in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to Australian history.

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