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Scorched earth : Australia's secret plan for total war under Japanese invasion in World War II / edited by Sue Rosen
Bib ID 7382352
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Description Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017 
©2017 
xix, 284 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps, portrait, facsimilies ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781925575149 (paperback)
Summary

In 1942 the threat of Japanese invasion hung over Australia. The men were away overseas, fighting on other fronts, and civilians were left unprotected at home. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Japanese advance south, Prime Minister Curtin ordered state governments to prepare. From January 1942, a team frantically pulled together secret plans for a ‘scorched earth’ strategy. The goal was to prevent the Japanese from seizing resources for their war machine as they landed, and capturing Australians as slaves as they had done in Malaya and elsewhere in Asia. From draining domestic water tanks to sinking dinghies and burning crops, from training special citizen squads to evacuating coastal towns, ‘Total war, total citizen collaboration’ was the motto. Today these plans vividly evoke the fraught atmosphere of the year Australia was threatened with invasion. After the war these top secret plans were forgotten. This is the first time they have ever been made public.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-282)

Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Ocean.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan.  |  Military planning -- Australia.  |  Australasian & Pacific history.  |  Australia -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Rosen, Sue, 1956- editor

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