By Peter Grose
The raid ended in the worst loss of life toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened outlets, workplaces and the police barracks, shattered the publish place of work and communications centre, wrecked executive apartment, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. the folks of Darwin deserted their city, leaving it to looters, a couple 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 records and first-person bills, Peter Grose tells what fairly occurred and takes us into the lives of the folks 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 part of the tale consists of 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 warfare relatively got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of infantrymen and civilians who have been left to guard the nation.
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An Awkward Truth: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942 by Peter Grose