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Australian author says Japan was ready to invade in 1942

Australian author says Japan was ready to invade in 1942

Updated 9 November 2012, 18:21 AEST

Sunday is Remembrance Day, when Australians stop for one minute at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember soldiers who died in war.

This year in the lead up to Remembrance Day over in Papua New Guinea there have been commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Kokoda and Beacheads campaign in 1942.

More than 1800 Australians were killed and over 4000 were wounded or struck down with illness during the battles against the invading imperial Japanese forces.

In his book Pacific 360 degrees, author Roland Perry says the attack on New Guinea was part of a Japanese battle plan to invade Australia, and but for the loss of one key battle, he believes they would have occupied Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide for at least three years.

Presenter: Phil Kafcaloudes

Speaker:Roland Perry, author of Pacific 360 degrees

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Phil Kafcaloudes

Phil Kafcaloudes

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Host of Radio Australia's daily morning talk program.  In his nearly 30 years in the media industry, Phil has been a radio presenter, TV reporter and the ABC's journalism trainer.  

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