Australian Soldiers on the Kokoda Track, New Guinea WWII.

This week in our history: Infantry Battalion conducted a fighting withdrawal over the Kokoda Trail to stop the Japanese advance on Port Moresby.

Australian Soldiers on the Kokoda Track 1943

In Papua, Japanese troops are punching south on the Kokoda Track, forcing Australian defenders back in constant brutal jungle skirmishes.

The Kokoda Track (Trail) Campaign was part of the Pacific Theatre of World War II and was critical to the defence of Australia. The battle was a series of fierce engagements fought between Japanese and Allied forces from July 1942 to January 1943. The Allied contingent consisted primarily of Australians who defended what was then the Australian Territory of Papua

The Kokoda Track (Trail) Campaign was part of the Pacific Theatre of World War…

Kokoda Track campaign - Soldiers of the Australian 39th Battalion in September 1942

Kokoda Track campaign - Soldiers of the Australian Battalion in September 1942

Kokoda trail, Papua New Guinea

The Kokoda track takes about 50 hours walking time. That is about two kilometres per hour.

23 November 1942. Kokoda track. Wounded being brought in by native bearers. [Photo: George Silk] [AWM 013641]

A Wounded Australian soldier being brought in by native bearers affectionately known as "Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels".

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