Australian soldiers resting while fighting the Japanese along the notorious Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, in WWII

Australian soldiers resting while fighting the Japanese along the notorious Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, in WWII

1942-11-19. New Guinea. Kokoda. Australians display a Japanese sword and bayonet.

1942-11-19. New Guinea. Kokoda. Australians display a Japanese sword and bayonet.

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).

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).

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

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

Poster: Enlist. By staying at home you are giving your approval to this kind of thing. 1915.

Poster: Enlist. By staying at home you are giving your approval to this kind of thing. 1915.

American Soldiers with Injured Australian, New Guinea by  Unknown Artist

American Soldiers with Injured Australian, New Guinea by Unknown Artist

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.

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 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.


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Christmas day 1942 New Guinea. Blinded soldier Pte George Whittington being led to an aid station by Raphael Oimbari - Photographer George Silk....

Christmas day 1942 New Guinea. Blinded soldier Pte George Whittington being led to an aid station by Raphael Oimbari - Photographer George Silk....

The 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels' - Papua New Guinea World War Two carriers along the infamous Kokoda Track.

The 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels' - Papua New Guinea World War Two carriers along the infamous Kokoda Track.

'The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels' of Papua New Guinea helping an injured soldier during WWll.

'The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels' of Papua New Guinea helping an injured soldier during WWll.

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)

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."

"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."

A wounded Australian soldier has his cigarette lit by Salvation Army Chaplain Albert Moore. A Papuan stretcher bearer (known as a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel) is behind the stretcher.

A wounded Australian soldier has his cigarette lit by Salvation Army Chaplain Albert Moore. A Papuan stretcher bearer (known as a Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel) is behind the stretcher.

Soldiers of the Australian 39th Battalion in September 1942

Soldiers of the Australian 39th Battalion in September 1942

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