February 1942. Panic. Sydney’s Herald and Telegraph are begging a Labor government to allow a handful of communists to form guerrilla bands armed with petrol bombs and home-made grenades.
The conservative Sun tells its readers to “Smash everything”. The Sydney Telegraph wants a People’s Army, modelled on “the Russian combat group”:
Sydney’s Daily Telegraph (2 February 1942) explained how to make petrol bombs and home-made grenades. (I have removed some labels from this image.)