Epub ↠ Line of Fire 309 pages ☆ Ian townsend

Book ☆ Line of Fire Î Ian Townsend

The little known and intriguing WWII story of an eleven year old Australian schoolboy who was shot by the Japanese in Rabaul in 1942 as a suspected spyIt's hard to imagine this story as being part of our past but in 1942 an eleven year old Australian boy Richard Manson and his parents either side of him were shot by the Japanese for suspected spying in Rabaul in Papua New This story is a fascinating account of the tragic demise of Australian citizens at the hands of the Japanese navy in World War II Townsend begins his story with the firing suad execution of eleven year old Dickie Manson his mother mother’s partner uncle and neighbour at the base of a volcano in Rabaul He then reconstructs his narrative of what could have possibly brought them to this place and time and accusations of being spies Through his narrative he weaves the life story of Dicky’s mother and family recounting the social and class limitations on women through the history of early twentieth century Australia He interviewed minor characters who lived in Papua New Guinea at the time to paint a picture of what life was like for Australian ex pats in the idyllic tropical lifestyle prior to the Japanese invasion Parallel to the family’s story is an account of the geological history of the island Interviews with remaining family members are poignant as the family for decades were unaware of what had happened to their family members Townsend truly manages to convey the hardship of the landscape of New Guinea and the horrors faced by the soldiers and citizens as they fled the invading Japanese This is a terrific read for those interested in World War II history

Mobi Line of Fire

Line of FireCe which drew the Americans Japanese and Australians together in conflict in the Pacific in the 1940s and the story of one ordinary but doomed Australian familyLike The Hare with Amber Eyes this is a fascinating work of narrative non fiction a story of spies volcanoes history conflict and war set against the romantic dramatic and ultimately tragic backdrop of Rabaul in WW How was an 11 year old boy executed as a spy during the Second World War? This is the uestion investigative journalist Ian Townsend attempts to answer in this bookThe book is well researched Townsend reconstructed records most being destroyed and personal accounts to tell a tale of how this event could happen It is a sad story where I found myself shaking my head at the poor decisions that led to this tragedyI didn't enjoy the start of the book as much as the end I thought there was too much scene setting around the volcanos The part about the invasion and the actions that led to the executionIt is a good but sometimes shocking read

Ian Townsend Î Line of Fire Reader

Epub ↠ Line of Fire 309 pages ☆ Ian townsend ☆ The little known and intriguing WWII story of an eleven year old Australian schoolboy who was shot by the Japanese in Rabaul in 1942 as a suspected spyIt's hard to imagine this story as being part of our past but in 1942 an eleven year old Australian boy Richard Manson and GuineaAcclaimed 4th Estate author and award winning science journalist Ian Townsend has uncovered a fascinating story of WWII little known to most Australians Centring on the hotspot in every sense that was Rabaul in WWII his account is an intriguing narrative which weaves together Australian history military conflict and science with volcanology being the peculiar scien This is a story of a sad incident involving the execution of 5 people including an 11 year old boy his uncle and his mother in 1942 in Rabaul for being spies by the Japanese The descriptions of Rabaul and the history of its volcanoes were fascinating as I could picture them clearly in my head as I visited Rabaul in 2014 and had photos with my family in the black ash at the base of the volcanoes and visited the observatory etc What I didn't know about was how the Japanese saw Rabaul as a strategic base during WW2 and invaded and occupied the island in 1942 As a journalist Ian Townsend has done a lot of research and initially describes the back story of the young boy Dickie and his family and what lead them to living in Rabaul in 1942 from Adelaide I never knew of this story or of Australia's history in Rabaul so am very glad the author wrote this storyMy only issue was when Ian Townsend tried to include conversations or how the family were thinkingfeeling I know it was due to gaps in evidence and based on probabilities but I felt the facts alone were enough for it be a compelling highly readable story without feeling the need to humanise them with this device