Not to sound too much like the beginning line of a Sting song, but in Europe and America I don’t think much is know about Australia during WWII.
I was actually doing research on a different story when I stumbled upon the story of the attack on Sydney Harbour.
I had the pleasure to visit this beautiful city once (may I add after a 17hr delay thanks to Quantas Airlines) a few years ago, and I had not seen anything then to indicate that the Japanese navy had attacked its beautiful harbour,but then again I wasn’t looking for it either.
In May and June 1942 the war was brought home to Australians on the east coast when the Japanese attacked Sydney Harbour from the sea.
The Japanese planned to launch the midgets one after the other between 17:20 and 17:40, from points 5–7 nmi (5.8–8.1 mi; 9.3–13.0 km) outside Sydney Harbour.The first midget was to pass through the Heads just after 18:30, but heavy seas delayed her by over an hour.The other two midgets followed at twenty-minute intervals and were similarly delayed.