The Battle for Australia stemmed the unprecedented Japanese advance from the north. The battle became a precarious fighting comeback at a time when Australia was naked to invasion. It loosened subservient ties to Britain and strengthened co-operation and dependence on the USA. It was fought in Malaya, Singapore, the East Indies, Borneo, Timor, Ambon and across New Guinea at places like Rabaul, Port Moresby, Kokoda, Milne Bay and Lae. It spread southward to the skies over in northern Australia and to the seas around the Australian continent. Merged as one composite battle, it is now commemorated on the first Wednesday of each September. This also is the story of Australia's war Prime Minister John Curtin, a flawed, sensitive leader haunted by the prospect of disaster and plagued by depression and anxiety. By early 1942, Australia was at its most vulnerable. Yet Britain had far greater priorities. Remarkably, at the worst possible time in January 1942, Curtin abandoned defence headquarters in Melbourne and took a slow train home across the Nullabor. The question was: could Australia's new Prime Minister carry on his enormous responsibilities?
About the Author
Bob Wurth is the author of five books on the Asia-Pacific region. They are Justice in the Philippines (ABC Books, 1985), Saving Australia (Lothian, 2006) 1942: Australia's Greatest Peril (Pan Macmillan, 2008/2010) and Capturing Asia (ABC Books, 2010). A former ABC foreign correspondent and Manager for Asia and later ABC Manager for Queensland, he was the 2009 Visiting Scholar to the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library at Curtin University, Perth, and a Fellow of the Australian Prime Ministers Centre, Museum of Australian Democracy, Canberra, in 2008-2009 and again in 2010-2011, for research for this book in Canberra, Tokyo, London and Cambridge.
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st October 2013
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2 x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.76