1942-11-19. New Guinea. Kokoda. Queenslander Pte. S. Wilson receives medical attention after a two days walk. He was wounded at close quarters. A Japanese bullet tore its way through the front of his helmet and out the back, wounding him slightly. (Negative by G. Silk).
Kokoda, New Guinea. November 1942. An Australian officer in charge of the natives buys fruit from the natives at a village just recently recaptured from the Japanese. Payment is made on the barter principle including trade tobacco. Food, usually plentiful in this area, is now scarce as the retreating Japanese burned many of the native gardens.
The picture displayed is of Anzac forces charging the Ottoman Empire's trench line in the Battle of Gallipoli. The Battle of Gallipoli occurred in Western Turkey and was a failed attempt by the Anzac forces to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the war. Many allied troops lost their lives in this assault. The British blamed the Australian-New Zealand (Anzac) forces for the failure.
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 (now Papua New Guinea)
"Three Australian soldiers of the of the 2/14th Infantry Battalion, Second Australian Imperial Force photographed after rescue. The three soldiers were cut off from the main body of Australian troops engaging the Imperial Japanese Army near Myola during the withdrawal across the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. Kalikodobu (Karekodobu), Central Province, Papua New Guinea. October 1942."