Looming war with Germany and Japan led Australia frantically to prepare its home defences. The industrial Illawarra region, in the south of New South Wales, represented a target of national significance that was ill prepared to resist an Axis attack. This article considers why Australiaâ€™s government was so fearful of an attack in this location, and how it responded to the threat. It links to the emerging scholarship on Australiaâ€™s home defences, shining new light onto this currently neglected part of the wartime narrative.
|Publication status||Published - 2021|