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.
1. A Submarine's Story in War and Peace
2. A Darwin Sketch
3. Naval Combatants: Submarine Versus Corvette
4. A Strategic Picture
5. Combat Leaders
7. Death on the Seabed
8. A Second Submarine?
9. Codebooks and HMAS Sydney?
10. The Salvage Attempt Begins
11. Between Sinking and Salvage
12. The 1970s and Salvage Attempts
13. A Series of Visitors
14. Mercury and a Proposal to Raise
15. I-124 Today
Appendix: HMAS Deloraine - Ships Company
Appendix: I-124 - Ships Company