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Souvenir postcard of Japanese midget submarine

Date: 1942
Dimensions:
Overall: 88 x 141 mm
Medium: Cardboard, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00015235
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    This black and white photographic postcard depicts the raising of one of the Japanese midget submarines which attacked Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942. It is part of a series of cards produced illustrating the submarine wrecks. The reverse of the card features the coat of arms of the Royal Australian Navy, and briefly describes the submarine attack on Sydney Harbour.
    SignificanceThe attack on Sydney Harbour by the Japanese midget submarines on the night of Sunday 31 May 1942 was the first attack on Sydney by a foreign power, and brought the war home to the east coast of Australia. The arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge can be seen in the top right corner of the postcard - a reminder of just how close the attack came to Sydneysiders.

    This postcard is an example of the fundraising efforts for the Royal Australian Navy Relief Fund and the King George Fund for Merchant Sailors. It was sold along with souvenirs from the wrecks during the tour of a composite midget submarine made from the recovered parts of the two wrecked submarines in 1943.
    Additional Titles

    Primary title: RAISING THE JAPANESE MIDGET SUBMARINE

    Web title: Souvenir postcard of Japanese midget submarine

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