‘Darwin bombing keeps on giving’, Honest History e-Newsletter No. 3, August 2013
The newish Director of the Australian War Memorial, Brendan Nelson, reckons that 1942 is one of the two most significant dates in Australian history. He may well be right, to judge by the articles in Australia 1942: In the Shadow of War, edited by Peter J Dean and published earlier this year by Cambridge University Press. The articles in the book describe Japan’s plans, the Allied response and the tense atmosphere in Australia in that crucial year.
Most interesting for this reviewer was Alan Powell’s piece on the Darwin air raids of February, 1942. Read more…