The Shadow of War
In September 1939, Europe was plunged into war when German
troops invaded Poland. When Britain declared war on Germany, the Australian
Prime Minister Robert Menzies informed the nation that Australia was also
at war. Australia’s
Military Forces were mobilised and, by late 1940, were engaged in fierce fighting
far from Australian shores at sea, in the air over Europe, and across North
In December 1941 Japanese Forces simultaneously attacked targets on Hawaii and across South East Asia, bringing America into the War and posing a direct threat to Australia.
Australia Under Attack
The War Memorial in Canberra has an excellent web site Australia Under Attack 1942-1943. Many Australians believed they were under threat of imminent invasion and the site explores some of the reasons why.
The site includes some fascinating information in a series of categories including Australia under attack, mobilisation, the end in sight, through objects, artworks, photographs, documents and education from the Memorial’s extensive collections.
Click HERE to view this excellent site.