On this day

On this day 19 February 1942

First Japanese air raid on Darwin. The city was bombed 64 times between February 1942 and November 1943.

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  1. War comes to Canberra

    From 1942, the threat of Japanese invasion seemed very real for Australia. As the nation’s capital, Canberra was considered as being in as much danger as any industrial or military centre.

  2. 'It was a flurry of red flashes'

    Searching tunnel systems in Afghanistan as part of the Incident Response Regiment, Corporal Javier Studenko had no idea that he would end up having to explain to his mother what happened.

  3. 'We had the rest of our lives to spend together'

    Dennis Davis survived the siege of Tobruk and the fighting at El Alamein, but was left devastated when he received a ‘Dear John' letter from his fiancée.

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Exhibitions & Events

  1. King of the battlefield: artillery and the First World War

    Free public talk
    First World War Galleries, 12 pm

  2. Story time

    Free activity for kids
    Lower Galleries, 10.30 am

  3. Tanks and the Australian Imperial Force

    Free public talk
    Anzac Hall, 11.30 am

    Join Research Centre staff to discover the changing attitude towards tanks by the Australian Imperial Force.

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