WWII History Magazine, May 2007
"For whatever reason, far too few books about Australia's participation in World War II make it to these shores. Had it not been for Bruce Gamble's remarkable history of Aussie courage at Rabaul, comparable at least with the American and Filipino doomed defense of Corregidor Island or the brave but futile U.S. stand at Wake Island, few Americans would know what went on there...Author Gamble pored over forgotten files and official reports and conducted interviews with the handful of surviviing veterans to craft this tragic, heroic story. A terrific tale about a little-known (to Americans) battle."
World War II, June 2007
“The author takes a grunt’s-eye view of not just the battle, but its horrid aftermaths for POWs.”
WW2 Database (online), February 2007
“Exhaustively researched and descriptively written, Gamble's narrative of Darkest Hour is rich in detail but yet still easy to read. Pick up a copy, settle into your favorite chair, and be careful not to get lost in the wild growth of the South Pacific jungles.”
Darkest Hour tells the story of Australia’s worst military disaster as it was experienced by survivors of the Japanese invasion of Rabaul, New Britain, in 1942. Bruce Gamble, critically acclaimed author of Black Sheep One, follows members of Lark Force, the Southwest Pacific island’s defenders, through their harrowing flight into the jungle, their struggle against an unforgiving environment and a cruel enemy that massacred its prisonersand the further torments of fate, when a Japanese ship transporting prisoners is torpedoed by an American submarine. Exhaustively researched, this is a gut-wrenching account of courage and sacrifice, folly and disaster, as seen through the eyes of the few who survived.
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