War and Peace in the Pacific The 75th Anniversary of World War 2 in the Pacific

An Online exploration after 75 Years: Australian, Japanese and U.S. Persepectives

  • After 75 Years

    War and Peace in the Pacific is an online exhibition which delves into the events and impacts both on the battlefield of the Pacific War, and at home, 75 years after they occurred. You will find Australian, Japanese and U.S. perspectives. Follow this journey as we discover new stories, and uncover familiar ones in new ways.  

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    Guardians of Sundra Strait: The world war II loss of HMAS Perth and USS Houston

    Guardians of Sunda Strait
    28 February 1942

    The night of Feb 28, 1942 saw the HMAS Perth and USS Houston face off against a large portion of the Imperial Japanese. This is their story of facing overwhelming odds, and the battle's aftermath. Read.

    Bombing of Darwin

    Bombing of Darwin
    9 December 1941

    The Bombing of Darwin was the first attack by Japanese forces on the Australian mainland after Australia had officially declared war on Japan on the 9th December 1941. Read.

    Battle of the Coral Sea

    Battle of the Coral Sea
    4-8 May 1942

    Three navies, four aircraft carriers, 255 aircraft and 76 ships in a four-day battle that changed naval warfare forever. Eight ships sunk, 161 aircraft destroyed and 1622 men killed. Read.

    Pearl Harbour

    Pearl Harbor Remembered
    7 December 1941

    I grew up hearing my dad’s tales of the Second World War, the good and the bad. One of my joys was him tucking me into bed of a night, Navy fashion; nice and tight. Read.

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