Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jul

29

1942

Battle of the Kokoda Track erupts

The remote Kokoda airfield high in the tropical jungles was the only airstrip for a hundred miles - the only way of getting troops in and out apart from a long trek.

This was a campaign that would be fought out in “a vast , primitive, almost unknown wilderness of towering mountains and steaming coastal jungles, burned by the equatorial sun and drenched by tropical downpours”. It was in these impossible conditions that Australian and American forces would endure some of the bloodiest and most desperate fighting of the whole war.