Alongside the famous attack on Darwin during World War II, the city of Broome was also attacked, with 88 people killed (no Australians) on the 3rd of March 1942. If you didn’t know that, don’t worry, neither did I. What’s really going to raise your eyebrows is the following information:
There were 97 air attacks by the Japanese on Australian Military/towns/Cities throughout World War Two.
Darwin was actually bombed on 64 occasions during the war.
The other Australian Cities/Towns attacked during the ‘Battle For Australia‘ during World War Two were: Wyndham, Port Hedland, Derby, Katherine, Townsville and Mossman amongst many others.
Don’t believe me? See the Australian War Memorial Website: http://www.awm.gov.au/units/event_59.asp
Further reading is at Anzacday.org.au: http://www.anzacday.org.au/history/ww2/bfa/attack.html
The interesting thing I would like to point out is that they never taught me this amazing Australian War fact as part of history at school. Was I not listening, or is this purposefully omitted? I would love to know if any schools teach/taught this at all.
The next question in my (and your) head is why not? There are so many unknown Aussie deaths on home soil that so few Australians today remember. Most school students are taught about D-Day, The Darwin bombing and the Battle of Britain. But why not all these other attacks? Even just a brief mention?
I have spoken to a number people about this and every person thought that Australia was only bombed twice: at Darwin. All Australians should know this. I realise that there were massive battles fought at the same time, but we should not forget that these battles were fought on Australian soil.
I’d love to hear what you all have to say.
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