The Story of a Covert Japanese Squadron waging a
Secret Underwater War against northern Australia
By Dr. Tom Lewis

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The first attacks on Australia by the Japanese were made by four submarines of the Sixth Submarine Squadron of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Together, these 80-man boats laid mines, and then waited in their killing zones for targets to torpedo.

On 20 January 1942, it all went horribly wrong. Sunk with all hands, the submarine I-124 remains outside Darwin today, testimony to bravery but also to folly.

Avonmore Books’ new edition of a 1990s work features new and improved graphics; a host of photographs, and the complete story of the submarine action, and events through the decades beyond – for the sunken vessel did not lie easy. Code seekers; treasure hunters; and potential salvors eventually led to the formation of the Historic Shipwrecks Act.

Dr Tom Lewis OAM is the award-winning author of several history books describing World War II in northern Australia. His best-selling A War at Home, detailing the attacks on Darwin by the air armada of February 1942, is now in its 4th edition. Seeing combat deployment in his alternative career as a Royal Australian Navy officer, Dr Lewis remains at the forefront of researching the unusual and mysterious intricacies of the little-known aspects of Australia’s darkest hours.


Soft cover; B5; 182 pages; 93 photos &
colour illustrations; 4 1/2 pages of Index


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