For Australia, the first years of the Second World War were spent fighting alongside British forces in Europe, North Africa and in the Mediterranean. Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and subsequent advances throughout the Asia-Pacific region brought war much closer to home than ever before. The fall of Singapore followed by the bombing of Darwin and submarine attacks in Sydney Harbour in 1942, confirmed that our homeland was a strategic target for Japanese forces in the region.
Fighting back, many Australian servicemen and women helped stop the advance of Axis powers in the Pacific. Honouring the memory of these events with commemorative coins, the Royal Australian Mint has proudly released a four coin set – A War Close to Home.
Set contains four highly detailed commemorative coins, reflecting on events during the Second World War including Sydney Harbour, the Coral Sea, Milne Bay, and on the Kokoda Track