War historian visits Kempsey Library

Cover of Scorched Earth

Sue Rosen in her latest book Scorched Earth details Australia’s secret plan to prevent the invasion of Japan during World War II.

In January 1942 Prime Minister Curtin ordered the State Government to prepare for the possible invasion. The goal of the program was to prevent the Japanese from obtaining our resources and capturing Australians as slaves. The big four cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra were to be defended, however the Scorched Earth program would have had the most impact in regional and coastal towns in New South Wales.

The Scorched Earth program details battle orders and tactics for citizens to follow if there was a Japanese invasion. The motto of the program was ‘Total war, total citizen collaboration’. After the war the Scorched Earth plans were forgotten, author Sue Rosen investigated these plans and this is the first time these top secret plans have been made public.

Sue Rosen is a historian and heritage consultant and author of several books. Sue and David Rosen will be at Kempsey Library on Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 11am to talk about this fascinating Australian war history book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at Kempsey Library. For enquiries and to book, please contact the Library on 6566 3210


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