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  • Author:
    Peter Grose
  • ISBN:
    174175643X
  • ISBN13:
    978-1741756432
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    Allen & Unwin; Main edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Pages:
    272 pages
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Yet the Japanese attack on 19 February 1942 was the first wartime .

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 much to be proud of in Darwin that day: courage, mateship, determination and improvisation. 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.

Home Browse Books Book details, An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin . Yet the Japanese attack on 19 February 1942 was the first wartime assault on Australian soil.

Home Browse Books Book details, An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin,. An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942. 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.

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The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942 is the battle Australia tries to forget

The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942 is the battle Australia tries to forget. Although there was much to be proud of that day-courage. In February 1942, despite being at war with Japan for over two months and having seen Pearl Harbor and Clark Field devastated by Japanese surprise attacks, the Australian town and military base of Darwin was hammered by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Author Peter Grose does an excellent job of storytelling and explaining the origins of the disaster, from the poor administration provided the territory by the federal government to obstructionist trade unionists to a general military weakness in Australia.

Darwin was a battle Australia would rather forget.

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The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942, is the battle Australia tries to forget. Although there was much to be proud of that day—courage, mateship, determination, and improvisation—the dark side of the story lingers: looting, desertion, and a calamitous failure of Australian leadership. There was a difference: they dropped more bombs on Darwin, killed more civilians in Darwin, and sank more ships in Darwin than in Pearl Harbor. But the dark side of the story involves looting, desertion and a calamitous failure of leadership.

The compelling and very human story of the first foreign assault on Australian soil since settlement?the attack on Darwin by the Japanese in February, 1942The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942, is the battle Australia tries to forget. Although there was much to be proud of that day?courage, mateship, determination, and improvisation?the dark side of the story lingers: looting, desertion, and a calamitous failure of Australian leadership. The Japanese struck with the same carrier-borne force that devastated Pearl Harbor only ten weeks earlier. There was a difference: they dropped more bombs on Darwin, killed more civilians in Darwin, and sank more ships in Darwin than in Pearl Harbor. It remains the single deadliest event in Australian history. Yet the story has remained in the shadows. Absorbing, spirited, and fast-paced, An Awkward Truth is a compelling and revealing story of the day war first came to Australia, and of the underarmed and unprepared soldiers and civilians who faced their toughest test on home soil.

artman
In February 1942, despite being at war with Japan for over two months and having seen Pearl Harbor and Clark Field devastated by Japanese surprise attacks, the Australian town and military base of Darwin was hammered by the Imperial Japanese Navy. Author Peter Grose does an excellent job of storytelling and explaining the origins of the disaster, from the poor administration provided the territory by the federal government to obstructionist trade unionists to a general military weakness in Australia. The time was ripe for disaster once the Japanese set their sights on Darwin. And the disaster only got worse after the two Japanese raids as no one took charge of the survivors and worked out a recovery scheme.

The writing is very engaging and easy to follow, even for an American like me with very little foreknowledge of Australian history. It was hard for me to put it down. Illustrated with excellent photos and maps.
Defolosk
I love any stories about the early war in the Pacific. Not only does this book have informative military information, but the human interest
stories are great. I was shocked by the story of the administrator who was more interested in saving his alcohol and glassware then
doing his job and helping after the attack.
Duzshura
An Awkward Truth covers the time surrounding the Japanese Bombing of Darwin and the chaos that was a cause of it. The political incompetence displayed by several people and the military response to the bombings. It is a 'must' read for those who have an interest in the history of Australian involvement in World War Two and for those who live in Darwin and have an interest in it. Overall it is well researched and written and holds no punches.
Cesar
Good book, not done
Molace
The subtitle of this book is "The night the Japanese midget subs came to Sydney Harbour," to which my first response was "Who knew?" This night-time stealth invasion by the Japanese Navy in WW II was the single most deadly event in Australian history, but it's largely unknown outside that country. Peter Grose, a fine historian with a lively prose style, kept me glued to what reads like a thriller but is about real life and death and profound consequences.
Gann
Good to learn a bit more about what happened then. Successive governments are too fond of taking any responsibility for any disasters and hiding behind "national security" excuses for not admitting they were wrong.
Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story. In this case no story.
Dianantrius
A great amount of reality & detail about the attacks on Darwin, which is pretty much misunderstood by most Australians (and others interested in events of WWII).
This tells a little known and forgotten story of Australian was history. This story needed to be told and has been in a very sensitive way.