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Christmas Island - World War II era


Territory of Australia
Christmas Island
HMAS Sydney II sailor plaque - Six-inch naval gun & gun emplacement

From the outbreak of war in South East Asia in December 1941, Christmas Island was a target for Japanese occupation because of its rich phosphate deposits.
A naval gun was installed under a British officer and four NCOs supported by Indian soldiers.
The first attack was carried out on 21 January 1942 by the Japanese submarine I-159, which torpedoed a Norwegian vessel, the Eidsvold, while it was loading phosphate in Flying Fish Cove.
The vessel drifted and eventually sank off West White Beach.
50 European and Asian staff and their families were evacuated to Perth.
In late February and early March 1942, two aerial bombing raids and shelling from the sea led the District Officer to hoist the white flag.
After the Japanese naval group sailed away, the British officer raised the Union Jack once more.
During the night of 1011 March a mutiny of the Indian troops, abetted by the Sikh policemen, led to the murder of the five British soldiers and the imprisonment of the remaining 21 Europeans.
On 31 March, a Japanese fleet of 9 vessels arrived and the island was surrendered.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 31 January, 2011.

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