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Free read Line of Fire º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ [Reading] ➸ Line of Fire Author 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 oThe little known and intriguing WWII story of an eleven year old Australian schoolboy who was shot by the Japanese in Rabaul in as a suspected spyIt's hard to imagine this story as being part of our past but in 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 GuineaAccl. I was recently sent a copy of Ian Townsend’s latest book; Line of Fire which is a story of an incident that occurred during the early stages of WW2 on Rabaul This incident is one that I am sure many Australians are not aware of but they should be It involved the execution of an 11 year old Australian boy at the hands of the JapaneseFirstly for those not familiar with Rabual it’s a town in East New Britain province on the island of New Britain in the country of Papua New Guinea New Britain is an island about 60 kilometres to the east of the island of New Guinea and for a period of time up to just before WW2 Rabaul was the capital of New GuineaAnother item of note in regards to Rabaul is that it seems to be built on or next to numerous volcanoes and has suffered from a number erruptions many of which have destroyed the town and killed inhabitants In fact beside the story of Richard ‘Dickie’ Manson the 11 year old boy the book is also a story of the volcanoes of Rabaul and a massive caldera which formed an excellent deep water harbour of vital military importance during WW2 This volcanic caldera at Rabaul attracted the notice of the Japanese Navy and in 1942 they sent a naval and army force to invade and occupy the island However before the Japanese entry into WW2 the Australian government realised the importance of Rabaul to itself and the United States and sent the 222nd Infantry Battalion known as ‘Lark Force’ and the 24 Suadron Royal Australian Air Force to defend Rabaul against any potential Japanese invasionInto the mix of volcanoes and the human misery of the Second World War the author has woven the story of young Dickie Manson his mother Marjorie and other family members The author tells us of the life of Marjorie and her family back in Australia her trial and tribulations that led her to Rabaul prior to WW2 and the life of her son Richard otherwise known as ‘Dickie’We follow these two people through their travels till we find them standing blindfolded holding hands at the edge of a freshly dug grave facing a Japanese firing suad How did this come to pass What offence could an 11 year old Australian boy be capable of committing to warrant execution by a military firing suad The author tells us that story using all the available material from surviving family members and other sourcesThe story has never been told in full before even family members didn’t really know what had occurred on Rabaul during the war Many believed that their relatives went down in the sinking of Montevideo Maru by a US submarine in mid 1942 Due to the lack of physical evidence and gaps in the written archives the story has patches but the author covers these as best he can and provides details on Rabaul volcanoes the impact of the war and the final known facts of Dickie and his mother who’s graves have never been foundThis is an easy to read book full of interestsing facts and details of this period and the authors attempts to find the full story Ian Townsend must be credited for finally bringing this sad incident to the wider general public It’s a sad story that must be read how an innocent young Australian boy ended up on Rabaul and died at the hands of the Japanese “It was a miserable scene and the parents had clasped hands with the boy between them” – statement taken from a Japanese witness to the execution after the war

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Aimed th Estate author and Line of MOBI #10003 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. 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

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Line of FireScience which drew the Americans Japanese and Australians together in conflict in the Pacific in the s 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