For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know the names of the men who fought on the track, or even the details of what happened. More Australians died in the fighting in Papua, than in any other campaign of World War II. Now bestselling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping and moving, style.
Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia, where a small force of young, ill-equipped young men engaged an experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track. Again and again, the outnumbered Australians risked everything to stop the Japanese from advancing along the track towards the mainland.
Conditions on the track were hellish-rain was constant, the terrain inhospitable, food and ammo supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. The Australian troops were wounded and exhausted beyond belief but always found that extra bit of spirit to fight on, with the help of the local people.