By Peter Grose
In may perhaps of 1942, the conflict appeared very far-off to such a lot Sydneysiders - till the evening the 3 eastern midget submarines crept into the harbour and triggered an unforgettable evening of mayhem, excessive farce, chaos and braveness. A ground-breaking new examine essentially the most amazing tales of Australia at conflict.
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A Very Rude Awakening: The night the Japanese midget subs came to Sydney Harbour by Peter Grose