Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II #2020

Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II By Bruce Gamble Darkest Hour The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul Australia s Worst Military Disaster of World War II January New Britain It was a m the darkest hour of the day and for the defenders of this Southwest Pacific island soon to be the war s darkest hour Fifteen hundred men and six nurses
  • Title: Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II
  • Author: Bruce Gamble
  • ISBN: 9780760323496
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II By Bruce Gamble January 23, 1942, New Britain It was 2 30 a.m the darkest hour of the day and, for the defenders of this Southwest Pacific island, soon to be the war s darkest hour Fifteen hundred men and six nurses, Lark Force, had been deployed to New Britain to fortify and defend Rabaul, capital of Australia s mandated territories Once they d completed their work on the strategicJanuary 23, 1942, New Britain It was 2 30 a.m the darkest hour of the day and, for the defenders of this Southwest Pacific island, soon to be the war s darkest hour Fifteen hundred men and six nurses, Lark Force, had been deployed to New Britain to fortify and defend Rabaul, capital of Australia s mandated territories Once they d completed their work on the strategic port and its two airfields, the group mostly volunteers from Victoria had settled into the routine of garrison duties, confident of being relieved within a year But the Japanese had other ideas Rabaul was the linchpin of their campaign to conquer the Southwest Pacific and in the early hours of January 23 their invasion force swarmed ashore What ensued is the story told in The Darkest Hour, a gut wrenching account of courage and sacrifice, folly and disaster, as seen through the eyes of the few who survived Bruce Gamble, the critically acclaimed author of Black Sheep One, follows key individuals soldiers and junior officers, an American citizen and an Army nurse among them through their experiences in Lark Force Together their stories comprise a harrowing picture of the Australian forces overrun and driven into the jungle, prey to the unforgiving environment and a cruel enemy that massacred its prisoners and tormented further by fate, when a Japanese ship transporting prisoners to Hainan Island was torpedoed by an American submarine The dramatic stories of the Lark Force survivors, told here in full for the first time, are among the most inspiring of the Pacific War.
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    1. Bruce Gamble

      A native of central Pennsylvania, Bruce Gamble is an award winning author and historian specializing in highly readable narratives about World War II in the Pacific.During his career as a Naval Flight Officer in the closing years of the Cold War, Bruce logged nearly 1,000 hours as a navigator in EA 3B Skywarriors, including deployments aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans Later, while serving as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Florida, he was diagnosed with a malignant spinal cord tumor After undergoing a complicated surgery, Bruce was medically retired from the Navy in 1989.Starting over as a wheelchair user, Bruce volunteered at the National Naval Aviation Museum and eventually worked part time as the staff historian for the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Over the next several years he collected oral history interviews and wrote numerous articles for Foundation magazine Bruce then made the leap to freelance writing and published his first book, The Black Sheep, in 1998.With a total of six titles now in print, Bruce is gaining recognition as one of the top historians on the air war in the Pacific He does a substantial amount of public speaking and is the featured historian in documentaries produced by the History Channel, Fox News Channel, PBS, and the Pritzker Military Library Bruce earned two literary awards in 2010 the Admiral Arthur W Radford award for excellence in naval aviation history and literature, presented by the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, and a Gold Medal in the history category from the Military Writers Society of America.A member of the Authors Guild, Bruce also holds life memberships in the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation and Paralyzed Veterans of America Cancer free for than twenty years, he lives near Panama City, Florida.

    613 thoughts on “Darkest Hour: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II”

    1. I had no prior knowledge of the battle that was fought for Rabaul The author does a great job of giving the pre history between the Australians Japanese and how the battle came to be You get to meet the unique individuals that made up the brave fighting men of the Australian army I wish the book had a few maps because it would have made following the skirmishes easier A fan of World War 2 will love reading this book.


    2. As Japan rattled her sabres prior to declaring war on the Allies, Australia already mobilised for the war in Europe sought to strengthen its defences to its North, creating a shield across the islands of Papua New Guinea One of those islands was New Britain, part of the Bismarck chain To its small capital town of Rabaul the Australian government sent Lark Force, comprising of 1,500 soldiers, plus a handful of outdated planes and nurses Most of the soldiers were volunteers with only a few weeks t [...]


    3. The first of the trilogy Like other opening of the Pacific war books, the war is over before it had a chance.This is the first of three books about the battle for Rabaul This book was originally titled Darkest Hour The true story of Lark Force at Rabual It is an interesting book in that it presents a contradiction in what the Australian government wants to do, what it should have done and what it ultimately did do Which not unlike some of the Dutch and even the American forces in the Pacific at [...]


    4. I thought this was an excellent book about WWII and the fighting in Rabaul I was shocked at the barbaric ways of the Japanese and their treating of prisoners whether natives, military, or missionary Also, the cover ups to keep people from knowing what really happened to the ship Montevideo Maru, carrying POWs, seemed so unnecessary.Also, I was surprised that the troops that were sent to Rabaul from Australia were just forgotten no means to really rescue them The efforts these men made to get off [...]


    5. Very enjoyable read, full book on a subject that in very general history of the pacific theater gets a sentence or two at the most I always like when an author is able to write a book where the personal naratives are used to tell a story, instead of some authors who are simply trying to tell personal stories I hope the other two books in the Rabaul Trilogy are this great My only real complaint with this book, I felt the author was a little harsh at the Australian government military command Ther [...]


    6. In the early portion of Japan s WWII southern expansion, Australia lost the town of Rabaul, the administrative center for the island of New Britain New Ireland s main city of Kavieng also fell While Rabaul would become a big Japanese base and major threat, this book tells of the fall and the harrowing events that befell the 1400 1500 defenders and many associated civilians after they were essentially left on their own Part 1 of a 3 part series about this volcanic, inhospitable island paradise.


    7. A painful read in parts Australia s Lark force overrun by the Japanese at Rabaul the partial evacuation capture mistreatment then the sinking of a POW ship carrying most of them to Japan Very well researched and written bringing to remembrance brave soldiers in a tough situation.


    8. As a history buff I found it very enlightening The Aussie War Cabinet nearly sentenced these men to death by their foolish decisions Page 192 has another tale of stupidity After 5 months of jungle struggles to escape, the RAAF said it was not their job to air rescue them Just walk another 130 miles thru dangerous jungle Another example of men at their best and some at their worst.


    9. Great book about the early Pacific War Many of these early battles are buried in history and not examined as closely as big Allied wins Thanks to the author for bringing this forward and his attention to detail and still making it very readable On to book two of the trilogy


    10. Great introduction to the Rabaul trilogy, which documents the longest continuous battle of World War II Gamble, a retired Navy pilot and Navy historian, does a masterful job of placing you in the South Pacific in the beginning of the Pacific War It is very well written.


    11. Tragic book about one of the many horrible things that happened in WWII It wasn t a history lesson though The book was written about the people who went through this experience and how they got through it or didn t in some cases The enemy just kept coming.


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