An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942

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Allen & Unwin, 1. 2. 2009 - Počet stran: 272
Darwin was a battle Australia would rather forget. Yet the Japanese attack on 19 February 1942 was the first wartime assault on Australian soil. The Japanese struck with the same carrier-borne force that devastated Pearl Harbor only ten weeks earlier. There was a difference. More bombs fell on Darwin, more civilians were killed, and more ships were sunk.

The raid led to the worst death toll from any event in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed three hospitals, flattened shops, offices and the police barracks, shattered the Post Office and communications centre, wrecked Government House, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. The people of Darwin abandoned their town, leaving it to looters, a few anti-aircraft batteries and a handful of dogged defenders with single-shot .303 rifles.

Yet the story has remained in the shadows. Drawing on long-hidden documents and first-person accounts, Peter Grose tells what really happened and takes us into the lives of the people who were there. There was much to be proud of in Darwin that day: courage, mateship, determination and improvisation. But the dark side of the story involves looting, desertion and a calamitous failure of leadership. Australians ran away because they did not know what else to do.

Absorbing, spirited and fast-paced, An Awkward Truth is a compelling and revealing story of the day war really came to Australia, and the motley bunch of soldiers and civilians who were left to defend the nation.
 

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A good history of a significant event in Australia's WW2 - the bombing of Darwin 10 weeks after Pearl Harbour. The content is well researched, and the author provides the right level of detail ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Big flight of planes Very high
1
A very sinful people
10
Horribly strained relations
27
One suitcase one small calico bag
41
No place and no time for argument
52
The judge sums up
63
Convoy for Koepang to return to Darwin
72
Zeroes Zeroes Zeroes
82
The military takes over
162
Telling the world
172
Not many dead
188
Post mortem
194
Whatever happened to ?
210
Evacuation notice
217
Report of the Lowe Commission
221
Acknowledgements
238

QQQ QQQ QQQ de VZDN
95
Between the raids Can anyone drive?
118
The second raid Chinese whispers
132
Things go badly wrong
151
Notes
244
Bibliography
250
Index
252
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O autorovi (2009)

Peter Grose is a former publisher at Secker + Warburg, founder of Curtis Brown Australia, and was until recently the chairman of ACP (UK).He is the author of A Very Rude Awakening published by Allen + Unwin in 2007.

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