Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Nice historical perspective. I had never heard of this attack either but I'm not a big WW II buff. I know the Japanese attacked all sorts of countries in the Pacific at that time including China, Guam, Phillipines etc.
After Pearl Harbor none of these attacks could be considered a surprise
China had fallen well before the attack on Pearl Harbour. In fact the Japanese were already at the Malayan Peninsula by the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour. I think one thing that is overlooked about Darwin and a lot of the other losses in the South Pacific is that many of these places were not major military basis, unlike Pearl Harbour, and were often defended by troop numbers far less than those at Pearl Harbour. An attack on Darwin would be like an attack on Midway in that sense.