Title: 1942 – Australia’s Greatest Peril
Author: Wurth, Bob
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 2008
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 462 pages
Comments: This is the real story of the genuine and terrifying threat the Imperial Japanese Navy posed to Australia in 1942.
On the beautiful Inland Sea of Japan – the heartland of the Imperial Navy – and in frenetic wartime Tokyo, zealous staff officers and their illogical admirals debated the invasion of an almost defenceless nation. While Allied defence chiefs all but dismissed the chances of holding Darwin, fierce arguments flared as the Imperial Army opposed the attack, foreseeing a looming military quagmire. Emperor Hirohito, though, approved consideration of a future temporary invasion of Darwin.
1942 is a story of desperate bravery and criminal stupidity. Most of all, it is the story of Australians left high and dry, expecting attack, and the steps that an inexperienced leader, John Curtin, took to save his country in its darkest days.
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.