BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: Pause at Kokoda

From new beachheads at Buna and Gona Mission, Japanese foot soldiers slithered through the dark jungles of New Guinea like drops of mercury spilled on a door mat. They were far down below their landing points before the last of their force had set foot aground. But this time they ran into opposition that was more jungle-wise than they.

For the first 55 of the 120 miles to Port Moresby, the enemy had fairly easy going. There was a rudimentary road to guide him to the last Allied stronghold in the Indies, and...

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