By Peter Grose
In may perhaps of 1942, the conflict appeared very far-off to such a lot Sydneysiders - until eventually the evening the 3 eastern midget submarines crept into the harbour and prompted an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine some of the most notable tales of Australia at struggle.
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The Grand Alliance 64 3 Blitz and Anti-Blitz, 1941: Hess The Blitz Continues — Need to Estimate the German Air Strength — Differences Among the Departments — Mr. Justice Singleton’s Inquiry, December, 1940 — His Report, January 21, 1941 — German Preparations to Invade Russia — And to Bomb and Starve Us Out — Three Phases in the Blitz — Our Smoke-Screens and Decoy Fires — The Luftwaffe Turns to the Ports, March and April, 1941 — My Visit to Bristol, April 12 — We Continue to Twist the Enemy’s Beams — Incendiary Attack on London, May 10 — Fires out of Control — The House of Commons Is Destroyed — The German Air Fleet Moves to the East — We Investigate German Radar Defence — The Battle of the Beams Postponed — A Week-End at Ditchley — Unexpected and Fantastic News — Rudolf Hess Lands in Scotland — A Guess at His Motives — The German Explanation — Lord Simon’s Interview with Him, June 10 — A Vision of Hitler’s Mind — My Directions About His Treatment — I Tell President Roosevelt— Stalin’s Curiosity in1944.
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These writers certainly have the advantage of pointing to the misfortunes which we sustained, but they had not the knowledge to consider sufficiently what the results of the opposite policy might have been. If Hitler had been able, with hardly any fighting, to bring Greece to her knees and the whole of the Balkans into his system and then force Turkey to allow the passage The Grand Alliance 54 of his armies to the south and east, might he not have made terms with the Soviets upon the conquest and partition of these vast regions and postponed his ultimate, inevitable quarrel with them to a later part of his programme?