Author: David Day
The Politics of War - Australia at War, 1939-45 - From Churchill to Macarthur
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The first-ever collection of David Day's groundbreaking Second World War histories - 'The Great Betrayal' and 'Reluctant Nation'.
The fall of Singapore in February 1942 confronted Australia with its worst nightmare - the possibility of invasion by Japan. With Australia's fighting strength scattered across the globe defending British interests in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, the nation looked to Britain for help. But it was not forthcoming.
Instead, with Australia's northern towns being pounded by Japanese bombers, the country was forced to look to the US to help fend off the looming danger. So began the most terrifying period in Australian history, culminating in the naval battle of the Coral Sea and the battle of the Kokoda Track. Only then did the risk of invasion recede.
As the battles raged, the politicians in Canberra and London, led by John Curtin and Winston Churchill, bickered over the disposition of the troops and the provision of munitions. These diplomatic battles were fought almost as furiously as the battles on the ground between the soldiers of the opposing armies.
Based on his original publications of 'The Great Betrayal' and 'Reluctant Nation' plus extensive new research in the archives of Britain and Australia, and utilising a very readable narrative style, David Day places the landmark battle of Allied forces within their wider political context.
The book exposes the awful peril in which Australia was placed by the war in the Pacific and shows how Australia's relationship with Britain was tested almost to breaking point.