Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth : Australia's Secret Plan for Total War Under Japanese Invasion in World War Two

4.66 (3 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?


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.'This is a treasure trove, a gold mine, a Christmas-every-day cornucopia of rich Australian history...'Peter Grose, author of An Awkward Truth and A Very Rude more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 24mm | 430g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • St Leonards, Australia
  • English
  • Main
  • 8pp colour, 8pp b&w plates
  • 1925575144
  • 9781925575149
  • 86,954

About Sue Rosen

Sue Rosen is a historian and heritage consultant. She is the author of several books including Bankstown: A sense of identity, and We Never Had a Hotbed of Crime! Life in twentieth-century South more

Table of contents

Preface TimelineAbbreviationsTable of OrganisationIntroduction: 1942-Imperilled Australia!1. Total War-and Total CitizenCollaboration2. The Scorched Earth Code3. The General Citizen Code4. The General Industry Code5. Jetties and Wharves6. Watercraft7. Petroleum, Oil and LubricantSupplies 8. Motor Transport 9. Motor Repair Equipment10. Coal Mines11. Public Utility Services12. Organisation of Scorched Earth SupportSquadsGlossaryNotesAcknowledgementsshow more

Rating details

3 ratings
4.66 out of 5 stars
5 67% (2)
4 33% (1)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X