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The Cocos Islands Mutiny

Written by Noel Crusz


It’s 1942 and the battle for the Coral Sea is raging with the Japanese naval forces at the peak of their southward thrust. On a lonely atoll in the Indian Ocean one of the gravest military crimes is about to take place when the gunners of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery attempt to compel their British commander to surrender to the Japanese.

Noel Crusz has uncovered an extraordinary story of poor leadership, racism and a seriously flawed court martial, against the background of changing attitudes to colonialism and a growing desire for self-government throughout Asia.

ISBN 9781863683104 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories History
Pages 248
Publication Year 2001
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Noel Crusz

    Noel Crusz was born in Sri Lanka and came to Australia in 1974. He trained in broadcasting at the BBC London and he broadcast on London’s Home Service programs and from Radio Eireann, Hilversum, Cologne and Berne. He was a newsreader for Vatican Radio and broadcast on the ‘Voice of America’. He was Director of Radio Ceylon’s ‘Catholic Hour Programme’ and produced radio features, plays and interviews. He was a scriptwriter for the Ceylon government film unit’s weekly newsreels and also directed and filmed many features and documentaries. Noel taught for many years in Sydney’s high schools. As a puppeteer, he belonged to the New South Wales Puppet Guild and worked with the doyen of puppetry, Edith Murray. He died in 2006. Read more