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By Peter Grose

Darwin was once a conflict Australia may quite overlook. but the japanese assault on 19 February 1942 was once the 1st wartime attack on Australian soil. the japanese struck with an identical carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor basically 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 ended in the worst loss of life toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened outlets, places of work and the police barracks, shattered the put up workplace and communications centre, wrecked executive residence, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. the folk 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 quite occurred and takes us into the lives of the folks who have been there. there has been a lot to be happy with in Darwin that day: braveness, mateship, choice and improvisation. however the darkish part of the tale comprises 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 rather got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of squaddies and civilians who have been left to safeguard the nation.

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