On 31 May 1942, Australia made its first acquaintance with Japanese submarines. Three of them ...

Place Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney
Accession Number 012583
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Maker Department of Information
Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 31 May 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

On 31 May 1942, Australia made its first acquaintance with Japanese submarines. Three of them sneaked into Sydney Harbour and their combined efforts resulted in the sinking of a small harbour vessel of no military value. Within an hour or so of their entrance, one had been sunk by gunfire and the other two by depth charges. Ernest Hirsch inspects the damage caused to his Eastern Suburbs of Sydney home by a Japanese shell.