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Originally posted by daaskapital
Hey mate i am glad that you posted it, hopefully it won't be polluted with ignorant Americans such as the last one. Why is it in rant though, maybe a mistake???
Now, if only the government would release the facts about Japan and their intention to invade Australia. I know there is a very solid and reliable source, but i look forward to the day (If there ever will be one) where they announce that we were going to get invaded, but successfully defended ourselves.
The article indicated that Mr Sato had stated that the Japanese had realised that it would have been too difficult to move a large force south from Darwin and had then decided to attack the Queensland coast midway between Townsville and Brisbane. He indicated that communications were good and the population was sparse in that area of Queensland.
The city of Brisbane was reportedly the first objective of this so-called Invasion Plan of Australia. It was believed that Brisbane could be taken quite readily with a minimum of cost and resistance.
Sydney was the next objective and was to be attacked by land and amphibious forces. They then planned to move on to Melbourne, but by this time, they anticipated that Australia would have surrendered. Mr Sato claimed that moral in Australia was low at that time, and that Australian complaints about Britain deserting Australia was evidence of this fact.
Again, according to Mr. Sato, the Japanese campaign in New Guinea used up all the forces originally intended for the invasion of Australia. Mr. Sato indicated that the Japanese had initially thought the Australian forces would be a pushover in New Guinea. This they abruptly found not to be the case. Despite this underestimation of the Australians fighting ability, Mr Sato indicated that the Japanese believed that Australia could be persuaded to become neutral. The Japanese propaganda machine turned itself to achieving this goal.
I too have read about that tactic. The Diggers put up an excellent fight for this country, and saved us from the Japanese. May they be remembered for eternity.
Originally posted by Jace26
reply to post by daaskapital
No your not clogging the thread up, its very useful information that more Australians should know about. Also, with the invasion plans. I read they were planning to land an invasion force between Sydney and Melbourne which would create a diversionary tactic. However, I had no idea the Japanese troops in New Guinea were to be used for an invasion, thats new to me.
All I can say is thank god we stopped them and lest we forget.
The Australian government covered-up the bombing raids on Darwin believing its publication would represent a psychological blow to the Australian population.
Originally posted by pravdaseeker
reply to post by Jace26
Thanks a bunch for these video links.. When I was in Oz 10-2010... I went to the RSL club for dinner one night.
Right about sunset, they have a minute of silence, play Oz "taps"... there was a recording of a speech made long ago played as well.. and I believe we stood during that time?
Anyhow, I thought it a respectful thing to do... as those ANZAC troops fought in some terrible conditions, they did suffer greatly.
Very interested in Oz history.. from beginning to present.
Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by Jace26
My uncle, who passed away two years ago, was in Iwo Jima; but, he never discussed it. Soon there will be fewer and fewer to give us the history of these battles. Glad they made a series on the Battle for Australia. Peace.