Download PDF by Peter Grose: An Awkward: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942

By Peter Grose

ISBN-10: 174175643X

ISBN-13: 9781741756432

An ungainly: The bombing of Darwin, February 1942 КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Allen & UnwinАвтор(ы): Peter GroseЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2009Количество страниц: 281ISBN: 9781741756432Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 2,3 mbDarwin was once a conflict Australia could fairly omit. but the japanese assault on 19 February 1942 was once the 1st wartime attack on Australian soil. the japanese struck with an analogous carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor basically ten weeks prior. there has been a distinction. extra bombs fell on Darwin, extra civilians have been killed, and extra ships have been sunk. The raid resulted in the worst dying toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened outlets, places of work and the police barracks, shattered the submit workplace and communications centre, wrecked govt condo, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. the folk of Darwin deserted their city, leaving it to looters, a number of anti-aircraft batteries and a handful of dogged defenders with single-shot .303 rifles. but the tale has remained within the shadows. Drawing on long-hidden records and first-person money owed, Peter Grose tells what rather occurred and takes us into the lives of the folk who have been there. there has been a lot to be pleased with in Darwin that day: braveness, mateship, decision and improvisation. however the darkish part of the tale consists of looting, desertion and a calamitous failure of management. Australians ran away simply because they didn't recognize what else to do. soaking up, lively and fast moving, a clumsy fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day struggle relatively got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of infantrymen and civilians who have been left to guard the state. RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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An Awkward Truth 9/1/09 12:59 PM Page 31 H O R R I B LY S T R A I N E D R E L AT I O N S ◆ 31 In the 1930s Japan was fortunate to have some of the most brilliant and clear-headed military thinkers anywhere in the world, as the Allies were shortly to find to their cost. In particular, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander in Chief of the Combined Fleet, and Admiral Osami Nagano, the Chief of the Naval General Staff, were sophisticated and able men. Both had served as naval attachés in Washington, and both knew America’s strengths well.

One day someone will write an honest history of the role and behaviour of Australia’s trade unions during the Second World War. There is not room for it in this book, nor would it be appropriate in what is simply an account of the Darwin air raid of 19 February 1942. Nevertheless there is a story to be told, and some of it would not make pretty reading. When John Curtin’s Labor government came to power on 3 October 1941, taking over from the conservative Robert Menzies, the new prime minister might have reasonably expected a better level of cooperation from his comrades in the trade union movement.

3 ◆ ◆ ◆ There is now a fashion for saying Pearl Harbor was a disaster for the Japanese because it dragged an angry and vengeful United States into a war the Japanese could not hope to win. The returning Japanese pilots hopelessly overestimated the success of the raid. While the damage and loss of life were dreadful, it was far from the knockout blow that Yamamoto set out to deliver. The US Pacific Fleet’s aircraft carriers and heavy cruisers escaped entirely unscathed. So did an astonishing number of American ships in Pearl Harbor: five cruisers, 26 destroyers, nine submarines and 48 others.

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