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By Peter Grose

The compelling and extremely human tale of the 1st international attack on Australian soil due to the fact that settlement—the assault on Darwin by way of the japanese in February, 1942

The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942, is the conflict Australia attempts to fail to remember. even if there has been a lot to be pleased with that day—courage, mateship, selection, and improvisation—the darkish aspect of the tale lingers: looting, desertion, and a calamitous failure of Australian management. the japanese struck with an identical carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor simply ten weeks previous. 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 continues to be the only deadliest occasion in Australian background. but the tale has remained within the shadows. soaking up, lively, and fast moving, An Awkward fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day conflict first got here to Australia, and of the underarmed and unprepared infantrymen and civilians who confronted their hardest try out on domestic soil.

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