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This front matter section of the book Mrs Ferguson's Tea-Set, Japan, and the Second World War: The Global Consequences Following Germany's Sinking of the SS Automedon in 1940 contains the table of contents, acknowledgements and a list of plates. The book relates the saga of the sinking of the Blue Funnel Line's ill-fated SS Automedon in November 1940 by the German commerce raider Atlantis. It unveils significant new information based on direct contact with surviving members of the Automedon's crew and their families, together with access to new primary sources. An important mailbag was not disposed of and was instead discovered by the German boarding party buried in the debris of the Automedon 's bridge. They were British Cabinet papers, a Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee report with details of the British forces'preparations in the Far East and Britain's strategies in the event of a war with Japan.

Keywords: British Cabinet papers; Hitler; Japan; Second World War; Singapore



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