A Very Rude Awakening: The Night the Japanese Midget Subs Came to Sydney Harbour
- Usually Ships in 2 to 4 Weeks
Media: BOOK - paperback, 340 pages
Author: P. Grose
Other: b&w & colour photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
On the night of 31 May 1942, Sydney was doing what it does best: partying. The theatres, restaurants, dance halls, illegal gambling dens, and clubs offered plenty of choice to roistering sailors, soldiers and airmen on leave in Australia's most glamorous city. The war seemed far away. Newspapers devoted more to horseracing than to Hitler.
That Sunday night the party came to a shattering halt when three Japanese midget submarines crept into the harbour, past eight electronic indicator loops, six patrolling Royal Australian Navy ships, and an anti-submarine net stretched across the inner harbour entrance. Their arrival triggered a night of mayhem, courage, chaos and high farce, which left 27 sailors dead and a city bewildered. The war, it seemed, was no longer confined to distant desert and jungle. It was right at Australia's front door.
Written at the pace of a thriller and based on new first-person account and previously unpublished official documents, 'A Very Rude Awakening' is a ground-breaking and myth-busting look at one of the most extraordinary stories ever told of Australia at war.
Part 1: Preparation
1. There's a war on
2. England expects
3. Running wild
4. Rather peculiar instruction
5. Date of attack will be notified
6. Day of attack shall be May 31
7. Somehow come back alive
Part 2: Attack
8. The net
9. All hell breaks loose
10. Men with black beards
11. Sudden death
12. Matsuo's turn
13. Examining the wreckage
Part 3: Aftermath
14. No reference whatsoever
15. Has 'everybody' seen a submarine?
16. Caught napping
17. The nightwatchman's tale
18. The Admiral's report
19. Final rest
Epilogue: Whatever happened to ...?
Appendix 1: Genuine seller
Appendix 2: Other gentlemen's mail
Appendix 3: The Admiral's report