Monthly Archives: September 2015

Demythologising Phoenix – My Bookshelf Part IX.

Politics has always been entwined with armed conflict, and in the mid to late 20th Century there was no more political war than that between the ostensibly democratic South Vietnam and its U.S. and other allies, and communist North Vietnam. One of the most controversial elements of this long, complex war, not so much at the time, but

Washington Sinks Australia – The Naval Treaty that sank our Battle Cruiser.

It is to be expected that naval vessels are liable to be sunk during wartime, but what about in periods of peace, by one’s own country, and intentionally, rather than by accident? Such an occurrence took place in Australia in the otherwise unremarkable year (by recent historical standards, that is), of 1924. The battle cruiser H.M.A.S. Australia was