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  • Commemorative celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the War in the Pacific
     

  • 155.5 grams of .925 Silver, with an inlaid Swarovski® Ruby Crystal
     

  • Stunning artist impression depicted on a Proof quality .925 Silver coin
     

  • Limited worldwide release​

75th Anniversary of the War in the Pacific

El Cazador Shipwreck Coin
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Japan had planned its proposed Pacific conquests well before the December 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbour that announced its ambitions loud and clear, dragging an isolationist America into the War. Japan's aggression had been relatively muted until they advanced through South East Asia, conquering the unprepared and wavering British in Malaya and Singapore — which surrendered on 15 February 1942.

Japan promptly followed with incursions into Burma, Ambon Island, Java and Timor, causing Australians there to withdraw.

 The heavily angered America was more than ready to take on Japan, being well supplied with armament, machines, ammunition and well-led and highly motivated army, navy and air forces. Australia, below the Japanese target, New Guinea, was all too close to the action and became the logical place to station American bases, troops, ships and fighter planes. Led by Generals MacArthur and Halsey, they launched Operation Cartwheel to oust Japan from the Pacific through coordinated air and land strikes.

 Australia played a far greater role in this significant counter-attack than is often realised. We were especially keen to prevent Japan from taking Port Moresby, New Guinea, an ideal centre for further attacks southward, to the heart of Australia itself — and the ultimate creation of an effective southern network of southern bases. 

The mighty fight, against impossible odds, put up by ANZACs in the Kokoda Track, Bougainville, northern Solomons, New Britain, Milne Bay and Borneo (among many others) are deservedly the stuff of legend. The countless courageous Australian efforts and sacrifices certainly surprised the equally uncompromising Japanese, proving they had no monopoly on effective, stubborn jungle warfare.

 The War in the Pacific 5 Crowns pays particular tribute to the valour of outnumbered Australians at Milne Bay and the Kokoda Track, the sinking of HMAS Armidale and the Defence of Darwin. Australia was never more vulnerable and this commemorative is a fine tribute to those who earned us the freedom we enjoy today. 

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