The 16th Australian Brigade
marches through the streets of Sydney.
A coal strike in New South
Allied troops land in Dutch West Indies.
Japanese Premier Admiral
Yonai forms ‘Inner Cabinet’ with ministers for
Foreign Affairs, War and the Navy.
Australia and New Zealand
declare war on Italy.
The German raider Orion lays mines
off Auckland, New Zealand.
The Communist Party of
Australia is declared as illegal.
Japanese Cabinet resigns
under army pressure.
Prince Konoye forms new
Japanese Cabinet with Army and Navy nominees.
Japan announces its plans
for the creation of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
An air crash in Canberra kills three
UAP ministers and Chief of the Australian General Staff.
Alter the ‘voluntary
dissolution of all political parties’, President Konoye
of Japan announces structure to ‘unite the total energies
of the state and people.’
Japan signs the tripartite
pact with Germany and Italy, hoping to deter the USA from interfering
in its affairs. However, this step had the opposite affect
as the USA now saw Japan as siding with the aggressors.
Petrol rationing is introduced
The Australian 7th Division sets sail
for the Middle East.
Cameron is replaced by Fadden as leader
of the Australian Country Party.