World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: Cat & Mouse

Ever since the Battle of the Coral Sea, Japanese and ' Australian airmen had darted back & forth trading inconclusive blows at each other's outposts. It was a waiting game, with the opposing navies screened by islands and ocean wastes. Then this week the Japanese sent three two-man submarines nosing into the harbor of Sydney, third largest city (pop. 1,305,040) of the British Empire.

The first passed close by a passenger-jammed harbor ferry, periscope and conning tower in plain sight. Depth charges jarred the Sydney waterfront. A communique from General MacArthur's headquarters announced that all three of the midgets had been...

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