From the foreword: H.M.A.S. is the first attempt to give to the men of the Royal Australian Navy and to Australians generally, a story in some connected form, leavened by the thoughts and experiences of the actors themselves… Here is their story, told by the men themselves: war stories, funny stories, cartoons, paintings and photographs, all of which express the range of emotions these men felt and experienced. With colour plates tipped-in (as at publication), black and white sketches  and photographs. A real treasure for those interested in the stories of everyday men that were not often heard. Here is the chance to listen to them tell it as it really was.