New and exciting Kokoda campaign information comes from unexpected sources.
A member of our Brisbane staff recently discovered that his father was involved in a particularly savage battle in early 1943, fought over many days on a lonely section of road beyond Popendetta towards Sanananda. This action took place during the last days of the Kokoda campaign. The details of this all but forgotten savage assault on a fixed Japanese position, was detailed in a small book by the units Chaplin. This book is now preserved as an aging brown relic in a zip locked glad bag.
I doubt if there would be another record of this action in existence. As there are now fewer old soldiers alive, who fought in the PNG campaigns, it is important for us all to collect any information we can, in any form, and pass it on so it can be recorded for future generations.
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