Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 4 – Civil
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Author: Hasluck, Paul Meernaa Caedwalla
This is the second of two volumes on political events in Australia during the 1939–45 War. The narrative in this volume extends from the entry of Japan into the war until the surrender in August 1945. Thus it covers the period when Australia stood in greatest danger and when the Australian war effort reached its peak.
During all except the last few months of this period John Curtin was Prime Minister of Australia, and, in large part, the history is a record of his wartime administration and provides the background for the study of his leadership in crisis.
During this period, too, the United States of America became an ally and American forces were based in Australia. Besides dealing with the immediate problems arising from these facts, the Australian Government also found itself faced with the special difficulty of being one of the smaller nations in a global war for which the strategy was determined by three great powers, and in which the allocation of forces and materials was decided by inter-Allied bodies on which Australia was not directly represented.
At the same time there were domestic, political, social and industral problems at home. The study of a nation attempting to mobilise a total war effort both to ensure its own survival and to contribute to a common cause reveals both sources of strength and causes of weakness.
- Contents, Illustrations, Cartoons, Maps, Preface, Chronology (617.70 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070620Pages i to xv
- Chapter 1 – War in the Far East, December 1941–January 1942 (5.01 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070621Pages 1 to 69
- Chapter 2 – The Enemy at the Gate, February–March 1942 (6.10 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070622Pages 70 to 148
- Chapter 3 – Higher Policy in the Pacific, April 1942–June 1943 (5.45 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070732Pages 149 to 220
- Chapter 4 – Organised for Total War, April 1942–June 1943 (4.69 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070623Pages 221 to 282
- Chapter 5 – The Australian Contribution (1.96 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070624Pages 283 to 304
- Chapter 6 – The Political Scene, January 1942 to August 1943 (4.98 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070625Pages 305 to 370
- Chapter 7 – The Balanced War Effort, October 1943 to June 1944 (4.83 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070626Pages 371 to 442
- Chapter 8 – The Forward View (7.69 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070627Pages 443 to 549
- Chapter 9 – The Last Year – June 1944–June 1945 (2.74 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070628Pages 550 to 587
- Chapter 10 – The Last Phase in the Pacific (1.89 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070733Pages 589 to 622
- Epilogue (710.60 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070629Pages 623 to 635
- Appendix 1 – Civil Defence Organisation (1.52 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070630Pages 636 to 667
- Appendix 2 – Civilian Wartime Experience in the Territories of Papua and New Guinea (2.09 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070631Pages 668 to 708
- Appendix 3 – The Return of the AIF and Its Use in the Australian Theatre (74.35 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070632Pages 709 to 710
- Appendix 4 – The “Brisbane Line” – A Study in Wartime Politics (313.54 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070633Pages 711 to 717
- Appendix 5 – The Australia First Movement (1.18 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070634Pages 718 to 742
- Appendix 6 – A Note on Sources of Information on the Bombing of Darwin (66.90 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070635Pages 743 to 744
- Appendix 7 – Censorship Reports as a Guide to Public Opinion (271.43 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070636Pages 745 to 750
- Appendix 8 – Machinery for the Coordination of the Requirements of the Australian and United States Forces in the South–West Pacific Area (186.78 KB PDF file) RCDIG1070637Pages 751 to 754
- Index (1.24 MB PDF file) RCDIG1070638Pages 755 to 771