The compelling and very human story of the first foreign assault on Australian soil since settlement – attack Darwin by Japanese in February, 1942.
The story of the bombing Darwin and Japanese midget sub attack on Sydney Harbour in one volume from bestselling author An Awkward Truth A Very Rude Awakening. ‘Grose’s compassionate, honest vivid account deserves to be widely read.’ Sun Herald ‘About as good any yarn can get . a great retelling story.’ Morning Awakening Originally published best-selling by 19 February 1942 was first wartime assault Australian soil. dropped more bombs Darwin, killed civilians sank ships than Pearl Harbor. Three months later, 31 May 1942, three submarines crept into caused an unforgettable night mayhem, high farce, chaos courage. war no longer confined distant deserts jungles. It had well truly come Australia. Absorbing, spirited fast-paced, 1942: year came Australia tells under-armed unprepared soldiers who faced their toughest test home
On Thursday February 19 1942 at 9.58 am 188 Japanese fighters, bombers and dive launched the first of more than 60 air raids on Darwin. Although most Australians know there were bombing raids, impact devastation is not always realised. Many injured killed civilians. The direct hit Darwin Post Office adjoining Telegraph buildings was a devastating blow to Australia’s lines communication. Overland met undersea cable which linked Australia rest world in Using primary source material we are shown bravery resourcefulness PMG staff other civilians, working difficult conditions. salvaged Morse key sounder from badly damaged store attached Office, hook up into improvised news attack tapped out.