Newcastle was a key cog in the national war effort despite its northerly location located on the key east coast it played a significant military and civil role in the war newcastle is situated on the strategically important river tyne and was well defended against enemy attack with several forts and other measures in place. Available in paperback a close look at the worry and hardships the people of newcaslte were faced with during the second world war. The shelling of newcastle was conducted by the japanese submarine i 21 in the early hours of 8 june 1942 the bombardment followed the attack on sydney harbour on 31 may and was conducted shortly after i 24 shelled the eastern suburbs of sydneyduring the attack i 21 fired 34 shells at newcastle including eight illumination rounds but caused little damage. The seventh hms newcastle was a town class light cruiser of the royal navy she belonged to the southampton subclass in the second world war following extensive battle damage sustained in the mediterranean she spent some time being repaired in new york
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