HOW DOES THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL FALSELY DENY THE GRAVITY OF THE JAPANESE THREAT TO AUSTRALIA IN 1942?
HOW DOES THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL ATTACK THE LEADERSHIP AND CHARACTER OF PRIME MINISTER JOHN CURTIN?
As viewers read below the extraordinary views of Dr Peter Stanley of the Australian War Memorial, they should be prepared for an endorsement at the end of these quoted views from the director of the national war memorial, Major General Steve Gower, AO.
seems to be that Australians want to believe that they were part of a
war, that the war came close; that it mattered...Set against the prosaic
reality, the desire is poignant and rather pathetic."
In this insulting comment, Dr Peter Stanley of the Australian War Memorial speaks dismissively of Japan's deadly attacks on Australia in 1942 in his essay "Threat made manifest" (2005).
It is time that Australians stopped kidding themselves that their country
faced an actual invasion threat and looked seriously at their role in
the Allied war effort".
Dr Peter Stanley of the Australian War Memorial exposes his ignorance of Japan's plans to force Australia's surrender in 1942, and exposes his failure to understand the dynamics of the Pacific War. From his essay: "He's (not) coming South - the invasion that wasn't" (2002).
we are told, the Australian Militia and AIF who met and defeated the Japanese
in Papua were the men who saved Australia".
Dr Peter Stanley scales new heights of offensiveness when in "Threat made manifest" he dismisses the grave threat that Japanese occupation of Port Moresby would pose for Australia and the achievement of the heavily outnumbered Australians who defeated the Japanese on the Kokoda Track. See "He was coming South-to compel Australia's surrender to Japan".
Battle for Australia..promotes relatively unimportant events close to
Australia over important events far away.."
Perhaps reflecting his English birth and English view of World War II, Dr Peter Stanley dismisses the Battle of the Coral Sea, and the Kokoda and Guadalcanal campaigns as "relatively unimportant" despite the historical fact that the fate of Australia hung in the balance during these battles. This extract is from his paper "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006).
Curtin, Australia's prime minister since October 1941, warned the Australian
people that 'the fall of Singapore opens the battle for Australia'. 'Battle
for Australia' committees have recently appropriated this phrase, seeking
to redefine Australia's war around the idea of a
deliverance from a Japanese threat."
In another deeply offensive statement, Dr Peter Stanley rejects the traditional and historically correct view that Australia's war in 1942 involved "deliverance from a Japanese threat". It was more than "a Japanese threat"; it was a grave Japanese threat that persisted throughout 1942 and into the first months of 1943. From "Threat made manifest".
2006 we cannot continue to talk about Japanese plans or intentions to invade
Australia in 1942 when there is no evidence for such plans, and much evidence
to show that none was planned."
In his paper "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006), Dr Peter Stanley ignores the finding of leading Japan scholar Professor Henry Frei that the Japanese Navy was planning to invade Australia until early March 1942 when the Navy plan was subsumed under a Japanese Army plan to compel Australia's surrender.
..the attack-on-Australia option was dead by the end of January 1942, before
the fall of Singapore."
Dr Peter Stanley appears unable to appreciate that this quote from "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006) contradicts the preceding statement where he falsely claims there was no Japanese planning to invade Australia in 1942.
fact, of course, there was no (Japanese) invasion; there was never going to
be an invasion".
Both statements by Dr Peter Stanley are wrong. Japanese troops landed on Australian soil at Buna and Gona on 21 July 1942. It appears to have escaped the notice of Dr Stanley and the Australian War Memorial bureaucrats that the Kokoda Campaign was fought entirely on Australian soil in 1942. Unlike the Territory of New Guinea, Papua was never a League of Nations Mandate. Australia exercised full sovereignty over Papua from 1906 until it achieved independence from Australia in 1975. Japan's planning to compel Australia's surrender in 1942
(Operation FS) did not preclude invasion by force of arms. From "Threat made manifest".
there was no invasion plan. The Japanese never planned to make to make Australia
part of its Co-Prosperity Sphere."
From a speech by Dr Peter Stanley at the AWM conference "Remembering 1942". Again, Dr Peter Stanley is wrong about historical facts. His denials of Japan's hostile plans for Australia in 1942 are refuted by the distinguished historian and Japan scholar, Professor Henry Frei. See the chapter "Japan's hostile plans for Australia after surrender."
the euphoria of victory early in 1942 some visionary middle-ranking
naval staff officers in Tokyo proposed that Japan should go further.
In February and March they proposed that Australia should be invaded,
in order to forestall it being used as a base for an Allied counteroffensive
(which of course it became). The plans got no further than some
acrimonious discussions. The Army dismissed the idea as 'gibberish',
knowing that troops sent further south would weaken Japan in China and in
Manchuria against a Soviet threat. Not only did the Japanese army
condemn the plan, but the Navy General Staff also deprecated it, unable
to spare the million tons of shipping the invasion would have consumed.
By mid-March the proposal lapsed....This conclusion is supported by
all the scholarship, notably the late and much missed Henry Frei, whose "Japan's
Southward Advance and Australia" documents the debate and
its conclusion from Japanese official and private sources."The
italic emphasis is mine.
This extract is from Dr Peter Stanley's first paper "He's (not) coming South: the invasion that wasn't"(2002). Five significant historical errors have been italicised in this single paragraph. The "conclusion" misrepresents the work of the distinguished Japan scholar, Professor Henry Frei. The historical errors are noted and explained in the chapter "Proving that the Australian War Memorial is promoting a false history of 1942".
WHAT DOES DR PETER STANLEY SAY ABOUT PRIME MINISTER CURTIN'S CHARACTER AND WARTIME LEADERSHIP?
did not save Australia from any real threat."
This offensive claim by Dr Peter Stanley is shown to be nonsense in the chapter "Defending the character and leadership of Prime Minister John Curtin from unjustified slurs". The quote is from Dr Stanley's essay: "He's (not) coming South - the invasion that wasn't" (2002)
is hailed as the 'Saviour of Australia'. He saved Australia from a threat
that was never real, and he knew it. Curtin was an inspiring leader, but he
was also a good politician. He knew that banging the invasion drum did no
harm, and that the Japanese invasion threat served to motivate the nation."
This ridiculous and offensive claim is drawn from Dr Peter Stanley's introductory speech to the "Remembering 1942" conference at the Australian War Memorial, 2002.
arguing that there was in fact no invasion plan, that the Curtin government
exaggerated the threat, and that the enduring consequence of its deception
was to skew our understanding of the reality of the invasion crisis of 1942."
Dr Peter Stanley of the Australian War Memorial speaks dismissively of the Japanese threat to Australia in 1942 and falsely impugns the character and leadership of wartime Prime Minister John Curtin. From Dr Stanley's essay: "He's (not) coming South - the invasion that wasn't" (2002)
explains Curtin's anxiety?..An actual danger of invasion had never existed...Why
did Curtin continue to bang the invasion drum?...a deeper answer seems to
lurk in Curtin's psyche...that he was unable to accept the reality."
Dr Peter Stanley raises another bizarre possibility, namely, that pressure of wartime leadership may have caused Curtin to become irrational and led to his exaggeration of the threat from Japan in 1942. From: "He's (not) coming South - the invasion that wasn't" (2002)
HOW DOES DR PETER STANLEY DENY THAT THERE WAS A BATTLE FOR AUSTRALIA IN 1942-43
was no 'Battle for Australia' as such."
In this quote from his latest paper "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006), Dr Peter Stanley reveals his total ignorance of Japanese and American Pacific war strategies in 1942.
who advance this idea (the Battle for Australia) argue that from the outbreak
of war with Japan, Australia was the objective of the Japanese advance.."
As one of the very small group of people who defined the concept of the Battle for Australia in 1997, I can describe as utter nonsense this claim made by Dr Peter Stanley in his latest fanciful paper "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006). Japan's hostile plans for Australia are explained in the chapter "Proving that the Australian War Memorial is promoting a false history of 1942".
(Battle for Australia) idea conflates several different Japanese initiatives
into a grand plan aimed at Australia.
For those who may not be familiar with bureaucratic jargon, "conflates" simply means "blends". In his latest paper "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006),Dr Peter Stanley appears to be unaware that the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Kokoda Campaign, and the Guadalcanal Campaign were all initiated by the Japanese to implement "Operation FS",and Operation FS was indeed a "grand plan" intended to sever Australia's lifeline to the United States and compel Australia's surrender to Japan.
agree- that 'historians need to resist participating in the concoction of
large, inspiriting narratives'..."
In this quote from his latest paper "Was there a Battle for Australia" (2006),Dr Stanley appears to give full support to the sceptical postmodern approach to Australian history that tends to denigrate the Anzacs and the Kokoda achievement..
WHAT DOES THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL'S SENIOR BUREAUCRAT SAY ABOUT DR STANLEY'S REVISIONISM?
Stanley has legitimate arguments in my opinion."
From Major General Steve Gower's email to James Bowen dated 8 November 2005.
Stanley argues) that there was no Japanese plan to invade Australia in 1942.
This is not a novel view by any means and is very well-documented.
From Major General Steve Gower's email to James Bowen dated 22 December 2005. Major General Gower has failed to respond to a request from James Bowen to produce for acknowledgment and publication any "well-documented" evidence that supports Dr Peter Stanley's attacks on the leadership and character of Prime Minister John Curtin and Major General Gower's support of those attacks.