Sirens, guns ring out to commemorate bombing of Darwin

DARWIN has again woken to the sounds of bomb sirens and artillery fire as the city commemorated the 76th anniversary of the Japanese attack in World War II.

Crowds gathered at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade to watch a re-enactment of the moment the city faced it greatest fear on February 19, 1942.

In footage of the re-enactment, soldiers can be seen rushing to their posts as blaring sirens fill the air.

The thunder of cannons, mixed with artillery fire, begins to explode as the soldiers defend their homeland from the invaders.

Over 250 people were killed during what was the largest single attack mounted by a foreign power against Australia.

The NT News reported that hundreds of people gathered for the commemoration and pay their respects to those had laid down their lives in defence of the city.