1942: Australia's Greatest Peril

1942: Australia's Greatest Peril

by Bob Wurth

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Overview

1942 was the year of Australia's greatest peril - as Darwin was destroyed by bombing, Australian ships were torpedoed within sight of our coast, midget Japanese submarines attacked shipping in Sydney Harbour, and the Japanese army invaded New Guinea on its inexorable march south. This is the real story of the genuine and imminent threat to Australia in that fateful year.

On the beautiful Inland Sea of Japan - the heartland of the Imperial Japanese Navy - and in frenetic wartime Tokyo, zealous staff officers and their illogical admirals debated the invasion of an almost defenceless nation. The Imperial Japanese Army, meanwhile, opposed the attack, foreseeing a looming military quagmire. In Australia, Allied defence chiefs all but dismissed the chances of holding Darwin. For months, Australia's fate hung in the balance.

1942 is a story of desperate bravery and criminal stupidity. Most of all, it is the story of Australians left high and dry, under the looming shadow of a terrible invasion, and the steps that an inexperienced leader, John Curtin, took to save his country in its darkest days.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781742623597
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Bob Wurth is a former foreign correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ABC manager for Asia and Queensland. He is also the author of Justice in the Philippines: Father Brian Gore, the Church, the State and the Military and Saving Australia: Curtin's Secret Peace With Japan.


Bob Wurth is a former foreign correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ABC manager for Asia and Queensland. He is also the author of Justice in the Philippines: Father Brian Gore, the Church, the State and the Military and Saving Australia: Curtin's Secret Peace With Japan.

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