DARWIN'S SUBMARINE I-124
The Story of a Covert Japanese Squadron waging a
Secret Underwater War against northern Australia
By Dr. Tom Lewis
The first attacks on Australia by the Japanese were made by four submarines of the Sixth Submarine Squadron of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Together, these 80-man boats laid mines, and then waited in their killing zones for targets to torpedo.
On 20 January 1942, it all went horribly wrong. Sunk with all hands, the submarine I-124 remains outside Darwin today, testimony to bravery but also to folly.
Avonmore Books’ new edition of a 1990s work features new and improved graphics; a host of photographs, and the complete story of the submarine action, and events through the decades beyond – for the sunken vessel did not lie easy. Code seekers; treasure hunters; and potential salvors eventually led to the formation of the Historic Shipwrecks Act.
Dr Tom Lewis OAM is the award-winning author of several history books describing World War II in northern Australia. His best-selling A War at Home, detailing the attacks on Darwin by the air armada of February 1942, is now in its 4th edition. Seeing combat deployment in his alternative career as a Royal Australian Navy officer, Dr Lewis remains at the forefront of researching the unusual and mysterious intricacies of the little-known aspects of Australia’s darkest hours.
Soft cover; B5; 182 pages; 93
colour illustrations; 4 1/2 pages of Index
To purchase your copy of this excellent book
visit the Avonmore Books web page
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This page first produced 11 June 2011
This page last updated 21 November 2015