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Attack on Sydney Harbour

June 1942

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Authors: Tom Lewis
21/Jun/2022
Military History
364
Paperback
153mm x 210mm
9781922765383
$24.99

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I highly recommend this book to the general reader and to the naval enthusiast alike. I hope it will be read by those who are charged with defence of our container depots, naval bases, fuel depots and maritime communication and underwater cables. Tom Lewis has reminded us of the perils of lack of preparation in peacetime and the price to be paid in war for not recognising new technologies and methods for striking at Australians from the sea.Lieutenant-Commander Desmond Woods OAM RAN

Book #2 in the Shot of History Series

On the night of 31 May 1942, Sydney Harbour was attacked by midget submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy. A vessel of the Royal Australian Navy was torpedoed, and 21 sailors died. The midget submarines were hunted down, and two sunk, while another was found in more recent times.

War had already come to northern Australia, and now the southern cities were to be made bitterly aware the world-wide conflict had reached them. The midget submarine attack was only the beginning: gun strikes were made against land targets, and more enemy submarines came south, attacking freighters up and down the continent’s eastern coast.

This accounting of the night, by one of Australia’s leading military historians who has served in warfare himself, reveals new details of the fight, and sets some of the previous stories right. Illustrated with not only photos, the book carries extensive plans of the midget submarines, and details of the curious stories following the war, including the discovery of the third midget submarine, sunk off the NSW coast. Most importantly, it also argues that two senior naval officers bear most of the responsibility for the enemy’s successes, while shamefully, those naval men who fought valiantly on the night have been neglected in being honoured for their actions.

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

A retired naval officer and high school teacher, Dr Tom Lewis OAM served in the Australian Defence Force, where he saw active service as an intelligence analyst in the Middle East. Tom has written 21 history books, with his most recent being “The Sinking of HMAS Sydney”, which focuses on living, fighting and dying in […]

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2 reviews for Attack on Sydney Harbour

  1. I highly recommend this book to the general reader and to the naval enthusiast alike. I hope it will be read by those who are charged with defence of our container depots, naval bases, fuel depots and maritime communication and underwater cables. Tom Lewis has reminded us of the perils of lack of preparation in peacetime and the price to be paid in war for not recognising new technologies and methods for striking at Australians from the sea.

  2. Tom Lewis never lets his readers down. He has embedded a narrative with all the necessary historical and political background, photographs, maps, diagrams, pen-pictures of key players as well as a closing epilogue. Several previously undiscussed aspects of the Japanese raid have been visited, thus providing a complete rounding out of this historic event.

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