By Sue Rosen

In 1942 the specter of jap invasion hung over Australia. the boys have been away abroad, struggling with on different fronts, and civilians have been left unprotected at domestic.

Following the assault on Pearl Harbor and the japanese develop south, major Minister Curtin ordered country governments to organize. From January 1942, a group frantically pulled jointly mystery plans for a 'scorched earth' procedure. The target was once to avoid the japanese from seizing assets for his or her conflict computing device as they landed, and taking pictures Australians as slaves as they'd performed in Malaya and in other places in Asia.

From draining family water tanks to sinking dinghies and burning plants, from education exact citizen squads to evacuating coastal cities, 'Total conflict, overall citizen collaboration' was once the motto. this present day those plans vividly evoke the fraught surroundings of the yr Australia used to be threatened with invasion.

After the struggle those best mystery plans have been forgotten. this is often the 1st time they've got ever been made public.

'This is a treasure trove, a gold mine, a Christmas-every-day cornucopia of wealthy Australian history...' Peter Grose, writer of An Awkward Truth and A Very impolite Awakening.

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