After previously being thwarted in their effort to capture Port Moresby, the Japanese planned to use the Kokoda Trail to advance on the city and form a base for attacking the Australian mainland. On 21 Julythe Japanese landed at Gona on the north coast of Papua.
Flash version of the zoomable map. On this site The core of this site concerns the Kokoda track - or the Kokoda trail as it is sometimes called.
The Battle of Kokoda was a four-month struggle which began with the Japanese landing in Papua in July The jungle warfare on the Kokoda track did not occur in isolation: You will also find here accounts of the other battles in Papua as the southern half of mainland Papua New Guinea was once called.
There was fighting on the sea and in the air.
A typical section of the track looking north from the vicinity of Menari. Peter Williams] Aboutpeople were engaged in the fighting in Papua, either as combatants or supporting the fighting troops on both sides.
In Australia the story of the fuzzy wuzzy angels is well known but thousands of Papuans and New Guineans also participated on the Japanese side. The Americans made an important contribution to the war in Papua and fought a concurrent battle against the Japanese on the island of Guadalcanal.
The post-war revival of interest in the Kokoda track has given rise to new problems. Now over Australians walk the track each year and there is concern that this has a detrimental environmental effect. For the Koiari people, through whose land the track winds, there are issues of track ownership and remuneration.
There is also the question of mining.
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In an Australian company, Frontier Resources, was refused permission to mine for copper near the Kokoda track. To deal with disputes, to promote trekking with a low environmental impact and to develop revenue for local communities, the Kokoda Track Foundation and the Kokoda Track Authority were established.Despite the historical use of "Trail", "Track" gained dominance in the s, with the Australian Macquarie Dictionary stating that while both versions were in use, Kokoda Track "appears to be the more popular of the two".
Battle honours. For eligible Australian units, the battle honour "Kokoda Trail" was bestowed. Seven subsidiary honours were also bestowed. What is today known as the Kokoda Trail had a long genesis. Kokoda Station was established in June (Hawthorne, p).
Roughly six month’s after the station’s establishment, an overland route, direct from Kokoda to Port Moresby, was inaugurated (Hawthorne, p).
The core of this site concerns the Kokoda track - or the Kokoda trail as it is sometimes called. The Battle of Kokoda was a four-month struggle which began with the Japanese landing in Papua in July The Japanese strategy was to take Port Moresby via a track over the Owen Stanley Range.
Forming part of the Kokoda Track campaign of the Second World War, the battle involved military forces from Australia, supported by the United States, fighting against Japanese troops from Major General Tomitaro Horii's South Seas Detachment who had landed around Buna and Gona in Papua mid-July , with the intent of capturing Port Moresby to the south via the overland leslutinsduphoenix.comon: Territory of Papua, 8°52′″S °44′″E / °S °E.
Total casualties of Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Trail from July to November , excluding the Milne Bay engagement, numbered 1, Of these, were killed.
The recapture of Kokoda on 2 November was not the end of the capaign to expel the Japanese invaders from Papua. Forming part of the Kokoda Track campaign of the Second World War, the battle involved military forces from Australia, supported by the United States, fighting against Japanese troops from Major General Tomitaro Horii's South Seas Detachment who had landed around Buna and Gona in Papua mid-July , with the intent of capturing Port Moresby to the south via the overland route.