Download e-book for kindle: An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942 by Peter Grose

By Peter Grose

ISBN-10: 174237607X

ISBN-13: 9781742376073

Darwin was once a conflict Australia could particularly omit. but the japanese assault on 19 February 1942 was once the 1st wartime attack on Australian soil. the japanese struck with a similar carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor simply ten weeks prior. there has been a distinction. extra bombs fell on Darwin, extra civilians have been killed, and extra ships have been sunk.

The raid resulted in the worst demise toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened outlets, workplaces and the police barracks, shattered the submit workplace and communications centre, wrecked govt apartment, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. the folk of Darwin deserted their city, leaving it to looters, a number of anti-aircraft batteries and a handful of dogged defenders with single-shot .303 rifles.

Yet the tale has remained within the shadows. Drawing on long-hidden files and first-person money owed, Peter Grose tells what particularly occurred and takes us into the lives of the folk who have been there. there has been a lot to be pleased with in Darwin that day: braveness, mateship, selection and improvisation. however the darkish facet of the tale contains looting, desertion and a calamitous failure of management. Australians ran away simply because they didn't comprehend what else to do.

Absorbing, lively and fast paced, a clumsy fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day conflict particularly got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of squaddies and civilians who have been left to protect the nation.

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