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, 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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