Kate Darian-Smith. On the Home Front: Melbourne in Wartime: 1939-1945. Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2009. 2nd edition. Actually, I bought this last week but I don't suppose anybody cares but me! An excellent survey of life in wartime Melbourne -- the phoney war period, the fear of invasion and bombing in early 1942, the arrival of the Americans, rationing, moral panics about resident aliens and promiscuous women. It could almost be contemporary London.

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