An Awkward Truth - The bombing of Darwin February 1942

Peter Grose

Just ten weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, Darwin suffered a similar fate. This led to the worst death toll from any event in Australian history. The attackers bombed and strafed three hospitals, flattened shops, offices and the police barracks, shattered the post office and communications centre, wrecked Government House, and left the harbour and airfields burning and ruined. There was much to be proud of in Darwin that day: courage, mateship, determination and improvisation. But the dark side of the story involves looting, desertion and a calamitous failure of leadership.

Soft cover, small format, photographs, 260 pages.