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  • By wfandrews2011
    Nov 2, 2011
    "Under the Southern Cross" The Forgotten service WWII By William F Andrews. a story showing the supreme sacrifice's by the forth line of defense in WWI And WWII by the Merchant Marine throughout the world,people throughout the world should take note and purchase this book for their children and their children in the generations yet to come.
  • By wfandrewsatoptusnetdotcomdotau
    Dec 27, 2009
    "Writing Wrongs of WWII History" Righting a decades-old wrong has seen 85-year-old Bill Andrews put pen to paper to write a book. It is the story of Australia's Merchant Navy, the long unheralded, so-called "fourth branch of the armed forces without whom the Allied war effort would never have succeeded. Consisting of hundreds of civil ships and their crews enlisted into active service, the Merchant Navy lost more men than any other service, and Andrews; book is a tribute to the many mates who died in World War II. "Not one of their names is on the Cenotaph in Canberra, and my book Under the Southern Cross, is to ensure their legacy lives on forever," Andrews said. "If it hadn't been for the Merchant Navy, the war would never have been won". They carried the troops and all their equipment and armament but, classifield as civillans, they were never considered part of the armed forces, and untill last year, had not been recognised. "They were on... More > the ships laden with tanks and trucks and other heavy equipment, and when they were fired upon, would sink like a stone to the freezing bottom of the waters of the North Atlantic. "No sailor could survive long in thoses conditions." The great-grandfather took six long years to pen a part-fictional, part historic action packed adventure about a seaman who sets off in serch of his missing brother. The British-born battler said he grew up believing the Allied Merchant Navies and the Allied Navies were a brotherhood and should be held in the same regard. Andrews moved to Melbourne, where he spent years on the tugs, at Western-Port Bay in Victoria Australia. Working within the Maritime Union. Andrews,working with Ron Steve Wiley of Sydney, lobbied hard for decades for overdue recognition of 3rd September Merchant Navy Day. Andrews wrote to Kevin Rudd, when he was then Oppposition Leader, and Mr Rudd promised to help address the issue. "It had been more than 60 years since the end of WWII and still the Merchant Navy was ignored." But, true to his word, one of Mr Rudd's first acts soon after becoming Prime Minister was to declare 3rd September Merchant Navy day. 63 years after WWII. Remember "If it hadn't been for the Merchant Navy, the war would never have been won' Bill Andrews Author, Veteran of WWII MN.< Less
  • By mike kemble
    Nov 6, 2009
    Remember our Merchant Navy of WW2, crewed by men from all over the world, many of whom died, not even recorded, because they were Lascars or some other nationality. The Merchant Navy was part and parcel of a floating fleet which, along with the men and ships of our Royal Navy, kept us free and fed throughout the longest battle in history, the Battle of the Atlantic 1939 - 1945. The Merchant Navy was not recognised as such simply because they were civilians. But these were civilians in the front line! Why were they not recognised for so long? When a civilian sailor had his ship blown up beneath him, and he was lucky enough to survive and be rescued, he would land on shore to find that his pay had been stopped from the moment he lost his ship! He would not get another penny until he signed on board another. Many of these surviving seamen would be rescued, only to be torpedoed again and find themselves back in the water, rescued again, and blown up again!! And no pay! Criminal!
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Second Edition
Master Performers
September 5, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.91 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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