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1943 Cover addressed to Lieutenant on HMAS Shropshire (HML/129)

1943 Cover addressed to Lieutenant on HMAS Shropshire
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1943 Envelope addressed to Lieutenant on HMAS Shropshire from UK with 2½d stamp.

Commissioned in 1926 Shropshire was originally part of the British Mediterranean Fleet. She was present for the Spanish Civil War and supported the evacuation of refugees from Barcelona. At the outbreak of World War II in September 1939 the cruiser was reassigned to the South Atlantic for trade protection. Following the loss of the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra, it was announced that Shropshire would be transferred to the RAN as a gift. CAPT John A. Collins CB RAN assumed command on 7 April 1943 and she was commissioned as HMAS Shropshire at Chatham on 20 April 1943. However, the pre transfer refit occupied many months and it was not until 25 June 1943 that Shropshire was formally handed over to the Royal Australian Navy. In August 1943 Shropshire began her voyage to Australia escorting a Gibraltar bound convoy. In March 1944, Shropshire was involved in the Admiralty Islands campaign, in early October Shropshire was reassigned to Task Force 77, and participated in the Battle of Surigao Strait on 25 October. The cruiser was involved in the Battle of Luzon during January 1945, she returned to the Philippines in time for the Japanese surrender of the islands, then proceeded to Japan, and was present at Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945 for the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender.

End ripped from cover, some staining.
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