The War Close to Home

Japanese strategy in the Pacific 1941 - 1942

Host Tom Lewis

Japanese strategy in the South West Pacific

Peter Williams

In the anxious weeks after the Bombing of Darwin, it seemed to many Australians that a Japanese invasion, at least of the north, was inevitable. What were Japan’s real intentions? After years of research in Japan as well as Australia, Peter Williams is able to suggest the answers – answers that might provoke debate.

Telling the Story at East Point

Norman Cramp

Darwin’s East Point Military Museum carries a large part of the burden of conveying the story of the Second World War in the Northern Territory, particularly the story of the bombing on 19 February 1942. Museum Director Norman Cramp tells of issues that can arise when differences between legend and truth are confronted by 70,000 or more visitors each year.

Join the conversation with Tom, Peter and Norman.

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Dr Lewis Frederickson

Lewis Frederickson is an RAAF officer currently serving as the Chief of Air Force Fellow at UNSW Australian Defence Forces Academy. He has enjoyed 28 years of service as an Air Combat Officer and has relished roles as an educator and qualified aviation instructor. Lewis has an undergraduate degree in history and literature, and a Master’s degree in history. He was fortunate enough to complete his doctoral thesis on an aspect of Australia’s involvement in the Great War at UNSW in 2015. Lewis is scheduled to qualify with a bachelor’s degree in teaching in 2019. He deployed to East Timor in 1999, and to the Multi-National Force – Iraq (2007). He was the lead RAAF Officer in the Australian War Memorial Historical Mission to the Middle East Region (twice in 2016).

Dr Peter Williams

Peter Williams was born in Hobart. He has written a dozen books and websites on military history, among which are The Battle of Anzac Ridge, The Kokoda Campaign: Myth and Reality and The Korean War. At the Festival he will talk about the 50 interviews he did with Japanese Second World War veterans while he was working in Japan. Peter lives in Canberra where he has worked as a historian for the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs. He frequently visits Darwin to undertake research for the Darwin Military Museum. He is currently completing a book on the Battle of Buna-Gona.

Norman Cramp

Norman is the Director of the Darwin Military Museum. He has written extensively about aspects of military history relevant to the Northern Territory, including Judgement in Darwin: Japanese War Criminal Trials in Darwin 1946; and Worth Fighting For – Territorian Indigenous Military Service from the Great War to Vietnam.

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