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The Kokoda Trail

The Kokoda track was the site of a four month battle between Japanese and Australian troops in the Papuan capital of Port Moresby in the July of 1942. With Japanese strategy put in place they began attempt capture of the city via a track over the Owen Stanley Range, prompting battles at Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, Eora, Efogi, Templeton’s Crossing, Ioribaiwa and Oivi-Gorari, of which Kokoda was the most famous. It’s significance for Australia was huge, as was the role it played in the future of our nation: and each and every soldier that entered into that campaign should be commended for their efforts in keeping Australia within American support. The blood bath that occurred through the treacherous conditions has forever sealed the bond between Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The beginning of all the turmoil that occurred during the Kokoda campaign was all thanks to Japan’s power hungry nature. The imperial army we determined to capture as much of Asia of they could, and after the failed attempt at bombing of Pearl Harbour, Hawaii in 1942 they decided the best approach to this was to capture Papua New Guinea, they only free country still left in the Asian continent, and one which conveniently had much needed airbases. With the fighting so close to Australian soil, it was vital that they defended Port Moresby with great intent, however with the fighting still occurring in Europe the poorly trained and unprepared 39th Battalion were all that was left to fight. These mainly eighteen and nineteen year old troops were sent off to the steep, wet and muddy Kokoda track that left from Port Moresby into the jungle and over the mountains amongst the Owen Stanley Range. For these considerably disadvantaged soldiers, along with the Papuan Infan...

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