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by Bruce Gamble
Zenith Press  2006
Hardcover
416 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 0760323496
Cover Price: $24.95
Language: English

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

The "Darkest Hour" refers to the January 23, 1942 Japanese invasion of Rabaul. Fifteen hundred men and six nurses of the Australian Army's "Lark Force" had been deployed to New Britain to fortify and defend Rabaul.

Gamble follows members of the forces including soldiers, junior officers, an American citizen and an Army nurse. Overrun, they fall back to the jungle and the Tol Plantation massacre of 160 prisoners. Also, the tragedy of the prisoners aboard the Montevideo Maru that was torpedoed on July 1, 1942 by SS Sturgeon (SS-187), unaware there were Allied prisoners aboard.

Interview with author Bruce Gamble

Review by Justin Taylan

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