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Tom's Story by Thomas Fisher (2012)

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When Tom Fisher was growing up on a farm in Western Australia in the 1920's, and during the Depression of the 1930's, he could never have imagined that he would take part in some of the toughest naval battles of World War II.

Able Seaman Tom Fisher commenced his war service on 3 September 1939 and, except for a brief period in late 1945, served at sea throughout the war.

His first ship was HMAS Sydney and he was present at the now famous action when the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni was sunk in 1940. Tom left the Sydney only a few weeks before her last fateful battle with the Kormoran.

He then served in the cruiser Hobart during the bitter fighting in the Dutch East Indies, Coral Sea and the Solomons and later escaped death again when the Hobart was torpedoed in 1943. Tom then went on to serve in the destroyers Stuart and Quiberon in more heavy fighting in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

After leaving the Navy, Tom tried to adjust to civilian life after seeing so many of his friends killed or maimed. Despite the hardships of war it was the difficulty of peace that saw him confront his greatest battles. At 91 years of age, Tom credits his wife, Shirley, and his Catholic faith with saving him and allowing him to enjoy an old age that many of his shipmates did not.

Tom's Story is the story of a humble man whose body, mind and spirit were put to the test in the crucible of war and the long hard years of 'winning the peace' that followed.

Product Overview
Product No CMS2803611
Weight (g) 450 g
Author Thomas Fisher
Publisher Hesperian Press
Edition N/A
Edition Date Sep-12
Pages 113
Size 210 x 297 x 1mm
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780859055192
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

When Tom Fisher was growing up on a farm in Western Australia in the 1920's, and during the Depression of the 1930's, he could never have imagined that he would take part in some of the toughest naval battles of World War II.

Able Seaman Tom Fisher commenced his war service on 3 September 1939 and, except for a brief period in late 1945, served at sea throughout the war.

His first ship was HMAS Sydney and he was present at the now famous action when the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni was sunk in 1940. Tom left the Sydney only a few weeks before her last fateful battle with the Kormoran.

He then served in the cruiser Hobart during the bitter fighting in the Dutch East Indies, Coral Sea and the Solomons and later escaped death again when the Hobart was torpedoed in 1943. Tom then went on to serve in the destroyers Stuart and Quiberon in more heavy fighting in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

After leaving the Navy, Tom tried to adjust to civilian life after seeing so many of his friends killed or maimed. Despite the hardships of war it was the difficulty of peace that saw him confront his greatest battles. At 91 years of age, Tom credits his wife, Shirley, and his Catholic faith with saving him and allowing him to enjoy an old age that many of his shipmates did not.

Tom's Story is the story of a humble man whose body, mind and spirit were put to the test in the crucible of war and the long hard years of 'winning the peace' that followed.

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