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Secret Fleets
Secret Fleets price: $29.95

product code: BOOK-002
The story of Fremantle's World War II Submarine Base which played host to over 170 Allied submarines of the United States, British and Dutch navies.

About the Book

During the war, Fremantle played host to over 170 Allied submarines of the United States, British and Dutch navies making a total of 416 war patrols out of the port between March 1942 and August 1945.

The Fremantle Port was closed, and barbed wire and sentries appeared at various strategic points, transforming it, almost overnight, from a relatively quiet place to the largest submarine base in the Southern Hemisphere.

The secrecy surrounding the operation of the Fremantle submarine base meant that its existence was little known at the time and, until now, has been largely forgotten by history.

About the Author

Lynne Cairns worked as a graphic artist before studying history during the 1980s.  Between 1990 and 1995 she worked at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, where she co-wrote Unfinished Voyages: Western Australian Shipwrecks 1881-1900, with Graeme Henderson, before producing a history of the World War II submarine base at Fremantle, published in 1995 as Fremantle's Secret Fleets: Allied submarines based in Western Australia during World War II.  After retiring from the Museum, she researched the role of women in the settlement of Western Australia for her MA thesis.

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