The Silence of the Guns, A History of Fortress Darwin, East Point
In 1945 Darwin was one of the most heavily defended sites in Australia - alongside of Sydney and Fremantle. It boasted 9.2-inch guns, the largest such guns available in the Commonwealth arsenal. Mounted in concrete fortifications, these guns were a powerful deterrent against enemy surface forces. Such defences were a massive investment in Darwin, and required a great number of men and resources to keep them operational. However, just a decade earlier Darwin had been almost defenceless. The story of the development of Darwin's defences is a fascinating one. Indeed Australian authorities had been debating the defence needs of the northern port since colonial times.
Hard Back book by Author Norman Cramp.
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