By Sir Robert Menzies
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If I do n o t dwell upon it, it is n o t because I am n o t proud of it and thankful for it. But the truth is that, so far, our national structure has been, with some modification, largely that of peace. It is clear that our national organization must become primarily one for war. War industry must no longer bewhat we can carve o u t of civil industry. Civil industry must become that which we can afford out of the total organization of acountry which isat war. What the private citizen pays for war m u s t beno longer what he thinks he can afford after spending what he chooses on the amenities oflife.
Moreover, though my Australian colleagues and I were willing to be bold, we also wanted to be as prudent aspossible. By 26 February, I had received a message from the War Cabinet, concurring in the proposed use of Australian troops in the forces to Greece. They recognized, asI did, that the adventure was risky. True, o u r military advices in London were that there was a  AFTERNOON L I G H T reasonable chance of success; but much, of course, would depend upon the co-operation of the Greeks and the attitude of Yugoslavia and Turkey.
I w e n t down to Swansea to be given the Freedom. This meant flying to Cardiffand then going by road. A few hours before wearrived at Cardiff, the enemy had dropped on it a group of parachute mines. One of them exploded in the middle of a block of two-storeyed terraced cottages; right in the middle, where the back gardens were. It blew the insides o u t of every house, leaving the side walls standing. Smoke was rising from the rubble when I visited the scene. Knots of people were standing on the footpaths, While others were investigating [46} T w o CRUCIAL YEARS: 1939‐ 41 the debris.
Afternoon Light: some memories of men and events by Sir Robert Menzies