By Peter Grose
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 used to be a conflict Australia might quite disregard. but the japanese assault on 19 February 1942 was once the 1st wartime attack on Australian soil. the japanese struck with an identical carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor merely 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 loss of life toll from any occasion in Australia. The attackers bombed and strafed 3 hospitals, flattened outlets, workplaces and the police barracks, shattered the submit place of work 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 couple 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 relatively 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, selection and improvisation. however the darkish aspect of the tale comprises 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, an ungainly fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day battle particularly got here to Australia, and the motley bunch of infantrymen and civilians who have been left to shield the country. RAPIDили IFOLDER zero
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That left sea transport. The only way bulk freight could reliably move into or out of Darwin all year round was by sea. So the harbour in Darwin was more than just a convenience: it was Darwin’s only full-time lifeline to the outside world. 2 Stokes Hill Wharf today is a slightly faded example of conspicuous consumption, overshadowed by the smart new Convention Centre nearby. At the end of the wharf is a collection of bars and fast-food cafés, plus an up-market seafood restaurant packed nightly with tourists and Darwin yuppies.
Abbott left school at 14 and went to work on cattle stations. In 1908, at the age of 22, he joined the New South Wales Police and remained with it until the outbreak of the First World War. He served with distinction in the Army. He fought at Gallipoli, where he was commissioned, then took part in the famous Australian Light Horse charge at Beersheba. He was wounded and promoted to Captain. On his return to Australia, his Uncle William helped him to buy Echo Hills, a sheep and cattle station near Tamworth, New South Wales.
The cattle industry in the Top End never lived up to expectations. The Northern Territory historian Bob Alford summed it up: ‘For almost 50 years successive South Australian administrations had encouraged and supported all manner of projects to realise the economic potential of the Territory. None of these efforts met with success and by 1910 the public debt on the Northern Territory account was nearly £4 million. ’ In 1911 the South Australians finally got their way and passed control of the Northern Territory to the new Federal Government.