ZERO HOUR IN BROOME
The Untold Story of the Attacks on Northwest Australia in 1942
By Dr. Tom Lewis & Peter Ingman
Against the background of the desperate eleventh hour aerial evacuation of Java, "Zero Hour in Broome" gives a full account of this deadly attack. Many of these events have not been analysed since the Australian Official History of World War II. Following intensive research, the book debunks myths and inaccuracies propagated by the Official History:-
Why does the Official History massively over-state the amount of evacuees moving through Broome?
The disaster at Broome occurred largely because of lack of control over military flying boats. Did the attitude of Qantas contribute to this outcome?
The United States Navy set up a flying boat base at Exmouth Gulf and its ex-Java flying boats arrived safely. Why were the other flying boats not directed there?
Why was nobody in command of the local defence forces at Broome during the attack?
Despite prompting, the General of Western Command failed to exercise initiative at this critical time. Why is this part of his record missing from his Official History biography?
On 1 March 1942 the USAAF pleaded with the RAAF for extra aircraft to assist with the airlift, but none were available. Why were 100 aircraft at Geraldton ignored?
What was the successful Japanese strategy that denied the use of the northwest airbases? For the first time since the Official History, all of the raids against WA in 1942 are explained.
"Zero Hour in Broome" contains a fully illustrated aviation history section, explaining the diverse typesí histories and movements and involvement in the airlift operations. Presented in a unique and highly readable format, "Zero Hour in Broome" is supported by detailed Appendices.
Soft-cover; 17.5 x 25cm; 190
at least 102 illustrations / photographs
the majority in colour, 6 page Index
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This page first produced 10 June 2011
This page last updated 21 November 2015