By Peter Grose
The raid ended in the worst dying toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened retailers, workplaces and the police barracks, shattered the submit place of work and communications centre, wrecked executive apartment, 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 debts, Peter Grose tells what relatively occurred and takes us into the lives of the folk who have been there. there has been a lot to be happy with in Darwin that day: braveness, mateship, decision and improvisation. however the darkish facet of the tale contains 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 moving, an ungainly fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day conflict relatively got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of infantrymen and civilians who have been left to safeguard the nation.
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