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Framed newspaper articles photos and flags

From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 2-4 Templeton Street Wangaratta Victoria

Description
Framed cuttings of newspaper articles,13 photographs and 7 flags
Size
83W X 58 H cm
Object Registration
15
Keywords
sunda strait, hmas perth
Historical information
The Battle of Sunda Strait was a naval battle which occurred during World War II in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java, and Sumatra. On the night of 28 February – 1 March 1942, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth and the American heavy cruiser USS Houston faced a major Imperial Japanese Navy task force. After a fierce battle of several hours duration, both Allied ships were sunk.
Significance
The sinking of HMAS Perth at the Battle of Sunda Strait 28 February -1 March 1942 cost 357 Australian lives. A further 324 crewmen fell into enemy hands. Two and a half years of brutal captivity claimed the lives of 106 of these men - 53 on the Thai Burma Railway alone.
Inscriptions & Markings
As Portrayed to the Australian Public 1942-1945
BATTLE OF JAVA SEA & SUNDA STRAIT 27 FEB - 1 MAR 1942
The first and only battle fought by a combined American Australian British and Dutch Naval Force against the Japanese
Last updated
26 Dec 2018 at 2:20PM