Senior Retro Guru
I know of several Japanese landings from a submarine in the Torres Strait.gmac123":ga6hmypm said:...even read of a local legend of a nazi survey landing in Oz.. can't remember the details, one that's not made the history books but an interesting story none the less.. canny find it :facepalm:
The submarine commander had worked in the pearling industry and was friendly with many of the islanders who had been crew with him.
They used to come ashore peacefully and trade for fresh provisions. They didn't need to survey - the Japanese submariners knew those waters like the back of their hands because many of them had been pearlers.
(I got this straight from the horse's mouth in the late '70s, i.e. from the TS islanders involved because I used to work with their sons and was a regular guest at family does. I just wish I'd written it all down now, but Mer and Saibai come to mind)