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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 settlement—the assault on Darwin through the japanese in February, 1942

The bombing of Darwin on February 19, 1942, is the conflict Australia attempts to disregard. even if there has been a lot to be happy with that day—courage, mateship, choice, and improvisation—the darkish part of the tale lingers: looting, desertion, and a calamitous failure of Australian management. the japanese struck with an analogous carrier-borne strength that devastated Pearl Harbor in simple terms ten weeks prior. 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 is still the one deadliest occasion in Australian heritage. but the tale has remained within the shadows. soaking up, lively, and fast paced, An Awkward fact is a compelling and revealing tale of the day struggle first got here to Australia, and of the underarmed and unprepared squaddies and civilians who confronted their hardest attempt on domestic soil.

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