WORLD WAR 2: Dear Daddy … twelve-year-old girl kept her father entertained!

THIS VERY SPECIAL “SECRET” LETTER FROM ANN ASKED HER FATHER TO SEND HER SOME MONEY “SO SHE CAN BUY HER MOTHER A CHRISTMAS PRESENT”.

SELECTED BY FRANK MORRIS

<< Australia Today, Australia Post magazine, Dec/Jan 2011.

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ABOUT ERIC LAMBERT, AUTHOR …
AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR ERIC LAMBERT HAS OFTEN BEEN REFERRED TO AS AN ‘AUSTRALIAN HEMINGWAY.’ ON THE PUBLICATION OF WATERMEN HE WROTE TO ME “… ONCE AGAIN THE LONDON TIMES CALLED ME THE AUSTRALIAN HEMINGWAY FOR THE THIRD TIME. AT LEAST IT’S MADE ME READ SOME OF HIS WORK! …”  BOTH MEN WROTE OF WAR – BOTH SERVED AS SOLDIERS. THEIR APPROACH TO WARFARE WAS DIFFERENT. THEIR STYLE OF WRITING HAD NOTHING IN COMMON. ZOE O’LEARY, A BIOGRAPHY. – FM.
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JANE …

JANE WAS A ROBUST AND UNASHAMEABLE STAR OF THE MOST INFAMOUS EROTIC COMIC OF THE 20TH CENTURY! IT APPEARED AS A WEELKY FEATURE IN THE UK DAILY MIRROR. A LOT OF BRICKBATS WERE HURLED AT THE PAPER, BUT THAT DID NOT STOP THE TROOPS FALLING IN LOVE.

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ABOUT ERIC LAMBERT, AUTHOR …
TWO BIG NOVELS CAME FROM ERIC LAMBERT, ONE OF WHICH WAS THE TWENTY THOUSAND THIEVES. HERE IS WHAT LAMBERT WROTE IN HIS WAR DIARY WHICH WAS USED IN THE BOOK; BRUTAL WAR SCENES AND HEROIC: “WE WERE DIVE-BOMBED BY STUKAS – WICKED, BRIGHT COMPETENT THINGS, ONE WITH A WAILING KLAXON. BEARD, HIT BY THE SAME SHELL, LAY BLEEDING TO DEATH. MACHINE GUNS … AND THE BULLETS AS THEY PASSED ME WERE LIKE COMETS. – FM.
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FLASHBACK: The day America bombed Japan -- and it brought an end to the war!

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WIPED OUT HIROSHIMA AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE. Below: THE BOMB, OR LITTLE BOY, THAT WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA.

WAS THIS THE END OF THE WORLD 75 YEARS AGO?

FRANK MORRIS

TO JAPAN, THE WORLD WAS COMING TO AND END. COULD IT BE THE END?

IT WAS AUGUST 6, 1945.

PEOPLE WERE STILL IN THE STREET AND THEY STARTED TO RUN. BUT, TO WHERE?

IT WAS STILL EARLY MORNING.

THE SIRENS BEGAN TO BLAZE THEIR DEADLY SOUND.

SOME PEOPLE STAYED AT HOME. SOME PEOPLE LOOKED FROM THEIR WINDOWS, ONLY FOR A BRIEF MOMENT.

WHAT DID THEY SEE? THEY COULD NOT SEE ANYTHING ONLY THE CLOUDSLESS SKY. THE BOMB WAS FALLING AT A RECORD RATE.

OTHERS WERE CLOSER TO GROUND ZERO. ALL THEY HEARD WAS THE DULL SOUND OF SOMETHING FALLING.

THE YOUNG PROPLE WERE TRANSFIXED. THEY COVERED THEIR EYES.

THEN, AFTER SNAKING ITS WAY THOUGH THE OPENESS, THERE IT WAS. THE FIRST URANIUM ATOMIC BOMB. IT WAS ABOUT TO SHED ITS DEATH ON EVERYONE WHO STOOD IN ITS WAY.

IT ONLY HAD SECONDS TO GO. “THEN I COULD FEEL THE EARTH SHAKE AND IT TOSSED ME SEVERAL FEET IN AIR”, ONE OF THE SURVIVOR’S SAID. “I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE”.

IT WAS THE MOST DEVASTATING PERIOD IN JAPANESE HISTORY.THE ATOMIC PLAGUE WAS FALLING FROM THE SKY.

THERE WERE BODIES ALL OVER THE PLACE.

MANY HOUSES COCOONED THEIR DEAD. GROTESQUE HUMAN SHAPES WERE EVERYWHERE.

“THEY HAD DIED MYSTERIOUSLY AND HORRIBLY” ONE REPORTER WROTE. A TROOP OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE STANDING AROUND A LAMP POST NOT TALKING BUT WEEPING AND CRYING,

EACH CLUCHING THEIR HEINOUS WOUNDS.

A SCHOOL GIRL CAME OUT OF A BUILDING, IN RAGGED AND DUST RIDDEN CLOTHES, AND WALKED PAST A GENTLEMAN WITH HIS EYE BALLS IN HIS HANDS.

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REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE …
“WHEN THE ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON THE JAPANESE GARRISON TOWN OF HIROSHIMA IT WAS THE FIRST EMPLOYMENT OF A WEAPON WHICH MAY END THE PACIFIC WAR WITHIN DAYS OR WEEKS. IT WAS AN EVENT MARKING A REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE IN THE WAY HUMANITY LIVES”. FROM OSMAR WHITE, AUSTRALIAN CORRESPONDENT.
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THE HUNDREDS WHO WERE ALIVE WISHED THAT THEY WERE DEAD.

THE CITY AND OUTLYING VILLAGES WERE FLATTENED INTO THE EARTH AROUND THEM.

THE ATOMIC BLAST WAS MADE UP OF BLACK CLOUDS. WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH THE EARTH, METAL SPRANG FROM THE BOMB AND SPRAYED EACH PASSER BY AS THEY CAME INTO CONTACT. THE SHRAPNELL SCATTERED. THE BOMB WAS SEEN 25 TO 30 MILES FROM ITS IMPACT.

THE CITY WAS IN MOURNING.

THE AIR WAS PUNGENT. PUNGENT BEYOND BELIEF. THE DARK CLOUD HAD SETTLED. IT WAS SLOW IN DISSIPATING. IT WAS MONTHS BEFORE ALLIED SOLDIERS COULD DETERMINE THE EFFECTS OF THE FIRST URANIUM ATOMIC BOMB USED IN A WAR.

IT’S HARD TO KNOW WHAT THE WORLD THOUGHT OF THIS ACTION.

HIROSHIMA WAS THE UNLUCKY CITY.

A FEW DAYS LATER IT WAS NAGASAKI’S TURN.

THE BOMB CHANGED EVERYTHING. THE FOUR YEARS WAR HAD ENDED.

THE WORLD HAD CHANGED DRAMICALLY.

JAPAN WAS TOLD: “NOW QUIT!”. AND THEY DID.

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“INHUMAN ACT” …
“MAIN REASON WHICH DROVE THE ENEMY TO USE THE NEW ATOMIC BOMB ON HIROSHIMA IS IMPATIENCE AT THE SLOW PROGRESS OF THE PROJECTED INVASION OF JAPAN’S MAINLAND”. DOMEI NEWS AGENCY … THE FIRST WESTERN JOURNALIST TO ENTER HIROSHIMA WAS AUSTRALIAN WILFRED BURCHETT ONLY DAYS AFTER THE BOMB WAS DROPPED. – FM.
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FRANK MORRIS COMMENT …

Japan was losing the war. Her plight was she was out of steam. Japan’s bid to dominate other countries in the Pacific was drying up.

Australia could never forget the times it was attacked.

On that eerie day in Darwin, hundreds of people were killed. Then, in Sydney, there were two Japanese submarines sunk in Sydney; and the third sunk about 2 miles or so from the harbour.

Japanese troops and bombs struck hard at Pacific bases in their plan for a rapid command.  The Japanese put up a gargantuan tussle to dominate all of the Pacific bases.

I wonder if Japan ever thought it would have an atomic bomb explosion right in middle of its country. Not once, but twice.

“Though most of the groundwork for the plan of attack … had been done, President Harry S. Truman had to make the major decision of whether or not to drop the atomic bomb on Japan”, a book reveals.

He did. The ‘Atomic Age’ was born. The Japanese had already been sent an ultimatum demanding that they surrender “unconditionally”.

The first atomic bomb to be used … it burst over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. And August 9, another bomb was dropped on the city and naval base of Nagasaki.

Japan surrendered.

In Hiroshima alone, this action cost Japanese nearly 200,000 lives whose footprint would disappear from this earth.
They were the bombs that stopped the war.

But dropping the bombs was inhuman.

THE MOST DEVASTATING PERIOD IN JAPANESE HISTORY.

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V-E DAY. MAY 8 -- THE WAR IN EUROPE IS OVER. AUGUST 15 – JAPAN MEETS DEFEAT IN THE PACIFIC.
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Let’s Laugh …

OH, NO! EATING AND DRINKING EVERYTHING IN SIGHT IS A NO-NO!

COMING: The ‘belly boards’, by Jack Eden in a 1964 issue of Surfabout, have amazing speeds and manoeuvrability. Jack Eden pointed out why they were here to stay.

GRAND YEARS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 21.

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