Re­mem­ber Kokoda

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY -

ON THIS day, Novem­ber 2, some 75 years ago, Aus­tralian soldiers re­took the vil­lage of Kokoda in Pa­pua New Guinea.

Be­tween July and Novem­ber 1942, Aus­tralian forces fought the nu­mer­i­cally stronger Ja­panese in abysmal con­di­tions along the Kokoda Track, sus­tain­ing more than 600 dead and more than 1600 wounded or struck down by ill­ness or dis­ease.

The Aus­tralians forced the Ja­panese into re­treat, cul­mi­nat­ing in bat­tles at the Beach­heads which came at an enor­mous cost – more than 1200 Aus­tralian lives lost and more than 2000 wounded.

To­day, I ask all Aus­tralians to pause and re­flect on the ser­vice and sac­ri­fice of these great Aus­tralians and of all those who served on the Kokoda Track and at the Beach­heads dur­ing World War II.

We also re­mem­ber the es­ti­mated 50,000 Pa­puan civil­ians who pro­vided sup­plies to Aus­tralian soldiers and evac­u­ated our sick and wounded.

Lest we for­get. — Dan Tehan MP Min­is­ter for Veter­ans’ Af­fairs

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