War comes to Australia (Fox Movietone News Vol. 13 No. 6)

Accession Number F00329
Collection type Film
Measurement 8 min 13 sec
Object type Newsreel
Physical description 35mm/b&w/sound
Maker Fox Movietone News
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Australia: Northern Territory, Alice Springs, Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin, Malaya, Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula, Rabaul Area, Rabaul
Date made 24 January 1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

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Japanese bomb Rabaul bombed and attack by sea expected and will be meet by AIF, Militia and native troops. Japan strikes on a 3500 mile front from Rabaul to Singapore. Japanese troops are shown and described as "practised in the art of war which knows no rules". Opposing the Japanese are British Generals Wavell and Pownall. Air raids the order of the day in Singapore. Wreckage of Japanese reconnaissance aircraft shot down by a New Zealand pilot and Maori gunner. Scenes of Rabaul . General MacArthur's final stand on the Philippine island of Luzon "his Tobruk in the Pacific". Japanese advances in the Netherlands East Indies. Dutch navy and air force striking back at the Japanese. Australia as seen from the Japanese angle. The importance of Darwin as a naval base and Empire air route to Singapore. The construction and completion of the North South road from Darwin to Alice Springs. Will the Japan attempt to land further south on the NSW coast or at Newcastle the centre of Australia's heavy industries Australia as seen from her own angle. What can be done to speed Australia's war effort. The need to fully equip the 250,000 men stationed in Australia. Call to workers to stand by the country in this critical hour to banish internal strife.