Action Stations by Iris Nesdale
Action Stations in some ways disappointed me but it must be very difficult to write a book about two ships serving in the same area and still manage to give each a distinct flavour. Bataan, of course, saw virtually no WWII activity as she was only commissioned on 26 June, 1945. However, she did see plenty of action in Korea. Her life was cut short, being placed in reserve in June 1954.
So the book has been ‘padded’ and contains some interesting information on Cockatoo Island Dockyard, the heavy (8”) cruisers and some good photographs.
One inclusion is the profile drawing ‘as fitted’ of Arunta. This is an excellent idea and apart from allowing laymen to see what that class of destroyer looked like inside, will stop many an argument from the ‘old hands’.
This book is well worthy of a place on your bookshelf and a welcome addition to Australian Naval Historical recordings.