This extraordinary proof-quality limited edition medallion remembers the attacks which gave rise to fears of a Japanese invasion of Australia during the Second World War. Between February 1942 and November 1943 Australia suffered 97 air attacks on towns and ports across the north of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland. Darwin, which was within striking range of Japanese objectives on the islands to the north of Australia was an important staging ground for Allied troops and supplies. It was the target of 67 separate attacks. The air raid campaign cost some 900 lives, both military and civilian.Elsewhere Japan's navy wreaked havoc on land targets and on shipping in and around Australian waters. On 31 May 1942 three midget submarines attacked Sydney Harbour. One sank the accommodation ship HMAS KUTTABUL, killing 21 sailors. Weeks later a submarine shelled Sydney and Newcastle. Japan's attacks on shipping continued till June 1943, taking tens of thousands of tons of shipping and hundreds of lives. Japan's final air raid on the mainland was at Darwin in November 1943.
The medallion measures 50mm in diameter and 4.5mm in thickness. Only 500 medallions will be struck. The medallion is presented in a quality leatherette presentation box and includes a numbered Limited Edition Certificate of Authenticity. A very rare collectable.