Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this is a 2008 Australian-American-British historical adventure-romance set between 1939 and 1942 against a dramatised backdrop of events across northern Australia at the time.
The Bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin, on 19 February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.
On that day, 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java during World War II.
The Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon Allied forces at little cost to themselves.
The urban areas of Darwin also suffered some damage from the raids and there were a number of civilian casualties.
More than half of Darwin's civilian population left the area permanently, during or immediately after the attack.
The only Japanese force which landed in Australia during the war was a small reconnaissance party which landed in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia on 19 January 1944 to investigate reports that the Allies were building large bases in the region.
This party consisted of four Japanese officers on board a small fishing boat and it investigated the York Sound region for a day and a night before returning to Kupang in Timor on 20 January.
While the junior officer who commanded the party suggested using 200 Japanese prison inmates to launch a guerrilla campaign in Australia when he returned to Japan in February, nothing came of this and the officer was posted to other duties.
According to historian Peter Stanley, "No historian of standing believes the Japanese had a plan to invade Australia, there is not a skerrick of evidence."
In any case, it is an interesting and fascinating adventure-romance.

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