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An Awkward Truth : The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942 - Peter Grose

An Awkward Truth

The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942

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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, 1942.

'Grose's compassionate, honest and vivid account ... deserves to be widely read.'-Sun-Herald The bombing of Darwin on 19 February 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 under-armed and unprepared soldiers and civilians who faced their toughest test on home soil.

About the Author

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.

Awards

Winner, Chief Minister's Northern Territory History Book Award, 2010

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A REVELATION OF ISOLATION AND FEAR

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  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
  • Well Written

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  • Limited Appeal

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The story indicated that the Administrator was an isolated man at the top, but he had a considerable range of support staff who get very little mention. However, ican understand the fear experienced by the civil population.

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The history we are not taught at school

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    This is the hidden history of Australia, the history we weren't taught at school and which our kids still aren't taught.
    In recent years, we've heard about the midget submarines in Sydney Harbour, but how many of us had heard of the bombing of Darwin?
    I was, quite honestly, very skeptical when i first read about the bombing. I couldn't imagine how i had studied WWII in secondary school and been told nothing whatsoever about the direct attacks on Australia.
    If you want a brutally honest, warts and all, account of this bombing, and its aftermath, this is the book to read. The reactions of the civilians and the military are telling, and the behaviour of some of those in charge is truly shocking.
    Essential reading for those who want to know the real history of Australia.

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    Introductionp. xi
    'Big flight of planes . . . Very high'p. 1
    A very sinful peoplep. 10
    Horribly strained relationsp. 21
    One suitcase, one small calico bagp. 41
    No place and no time for argumentp. 52
    The judge sums upp. 63
    Convoy for Koepang to return to Darwinp. 72
    'Zeroes! Zeroes! Zeroes!'p. 82
    QQQ QQQ QQQ de VZDNp. 95
    Between the raids: Can anyone drive?p. 118
    The second raid: Chinese whispersp. 132
    Things go badly wrongp. 151
    The military takes overp. 162
    Telling the worldp. 112
    Not many deadp. 188
    Post mortemp. 194
    Epilogue: Whatever happened to . . .?p. 210
    Evacuation noticep. 211
    Report of the Lowe Commissionp. 221
    Acknowledgementsp. 238
    Notesp. 244
    Bibliographyp. 250
    Indexp. 252
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    ISBN: 9781742376073
    ISBN-10: 174237607X
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 276
    Published: 1st February 2011
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.3
    Weight (kg): 0.25
    Edition Number: 1