On 8 December 1941 Australians gathered around radio sets. News had arrived of an attack by the Empire of Japan on Pearl Harbour, the Philippines and Malaya. There was an announcement that the Prime Minister would speak. It did not matter what station you were tuned in to; all radio news was regulated. At 19:00 eastern time, listeners did not hear the Elizabethan march that would usually herald the news. A patriotic song, later to be our national anthem was used as a prelude to announcements of national importance. The Battle for Australia was about to begin.
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