An Awkward Truth: The Bombing of Darwin, February 1942 by Peter Grose

By Peter Grose

The compelling and intensely human tale of the 1st overseas attack on Australian soil due to the fact that settlement—the assault on Darwin through the japanese in February, 1942

The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942, is the conflict Australia attempts to put out of your mind. even though there has been a lot to be pleased with that day—courage, mateship, choice, and improvisation—the darkish facet of the tale lingers: looting, desertion, and a calamitous failure of Australian management. the japanese struck with an analogous carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor simply ten weeks prior. there has been a distinction: they dropped extra bombs on Darwin, killed extra civilians in Darwin, and sank extra ships in Darwin than in Pearl Harbor. It is still the only deadliest occasion in Australian historical past. but the tale has remained within the shadows. soaking up, lively, and fast paced, An Awkward fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day struggle first got here to Australia, and of the underarmed and unprepared infantrymen and civilians who confronted their hardest attempt on domestic soil.

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Ten days before Japan declared war, a public meeting was called to take place at the Public School. This meeting was well advertised, but apart from the Wardens, only two members of the public turned up. ◆ ◆ ◆ It is ironic that communication in the form of the overland telegraph line was the making of Darwin, because communication now became its biggest headache. Until as recently as 4 February 2004 there was no railway line connecting Darwin to the rest of Australia. The main rail link from Adelaide in South Australia to the Northern Territory ended at Alice Springs, 1500 kilometres south of Darwin.

7-mm machine guns to discourage any pursuing fighters. The Aichi D3A ‘Val’ dive-bomber was lighter but faster. It had a top speed of 232 knots and a ceiling of 35,000 feet. The two-man crew consisted of a pilot and a gunner. 7-mm heavy machine gun. The forward-facing guns could be used for strafing, while the rear-facing heavy machine gun defended the Val against pursuers. Yamamoto decreed that the Pearl Harbor attack had to meet three essential conditions: Japan’s entire large carrier force should take part, with no large carriers kept in reserve; only the best crews and commanders should be selected; and total secrecy should be preserved.

The adults enjoyed a beer, smoked cigarettes, and drove cars that needed parts and petrol. Women and children required An Awkward Truth 9/1/09 12:59 PM Page 45 ONE SUITCASE, ONE SMALL CALICO BAG ◆ 45 doctors and dentists and hospitals and schools and teachers and what were delicately referred to as sanitary services (Darwin had no sewerage system).

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