By Peter Grose
The raid ended in the worst demise toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened outlets, workplaces and the police barracks, shattered the put up workplace and communications centre, wrecked govt condominium, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. the folks 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.
Yet the tale has remained within the shadows. Drawing on long-hidden files and first-person bills, Peter Grose tells what relatively occurred and takes us into the lives of the folks who have been there. there has been a lot to be pleased with in Darwin that day: braveness, mateship, choice and improvisation. however the darkish aspect of the tale contains looting, desertion and a calamitous failure of management. Australians ran away simply because they didn't recognize what else to do.
Absorbing, lively and fast moving, an ungainly fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day battle rather got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of infantrymen and civilians who have been left to safeguard the nation.
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