Commandos tells amazing true stories of daring raids behind enemy lines by Australians and New Zealanders in World War 2. These incredible heroes, drawn from the best of the navy, army and air force, were key to some of the most deadly and dangerous secret operations of the war. Descriptions of what these men – and women – went through are simply astounding and should never be forgotten.
The stories include the daring commando raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire; a heroic midget submarine attack on the German battleship Tirpitz; a staggeringly bold canoe raid laying limpet mines on Japanese ships in Singapore and the disastrous attempt to recreate the raid a year later; the lone bravery of the coast watchers – including one woman who defied the Japanese and kept transmitting; Kiwis of the Long Range Desert Group; the famous Dam Busters bombing raid and men armed only with guts and guile in the Great Escape; fighting alongside headhunters in Borneo and wild tribal warriors in Ethiopia. The stories also include individual acts of extreme heroism such as the Australian woman who fought alongside the French Resistance for years, and the commando who was left alone to fight against overwhelming odds on a Pacific Island.
The chilling expose of our secret nuclear shame and betrayal of our troops and country.
The facts are shocking. The treachery is chilling. The fallout ongoing.
During the 1950s–60s, with the blessing of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, the British government used Australia as its nuclear laboratory. They exploded twelve atomic bombs on Australian soil – at the Monte Bello Islands, Emu Field and Maralinga. Sixteen thousand Australian servicemen were guinea pigs.
RAAF pilots were ordered to fly into nuclear mushroom clouds, soldiers told to walk in radioactive ground zero, sailors retrieved highly contaminated debris – none of them aware of the dangers they faced.
But the betrayal didn’t end with our servicemen. Secret monitoring stations were set up around the continent to measure radiation levels and a clandestine decades-long project stole bones from dead babies to see how much fallout had contaminated their small bodies – their grieving parents were never told.
Investigative journalist Frank Walker’s Maralinga is a must-read true story of scientists treating an entire population as lab rats and politicians sacrificing their own people in the pursuit of power.