PETER GLEE­SON

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page -

Ja­panese in rel­a­tively open coun­try.

The bat­tle went for eight days with the sol­diers on both sides pretty much at the end of their tether af­ter gru­elling and sav­age fight­ing. Bat­tal­ion di­aries de­scribe the con­di­tion of the men at that time as “pitiable”. The Aus­tralian commanders threw ev­ery avail­able unit into the bat­tle.

There were no mon­u­ments or plaques to com­mem­o­rate the bat­tle and hon­our the fallen. Un­til now. A Go­rari mon­u­ment was opened to the pub­lic a lit­tle over a week ago, list­ing the names of the 133 sol­diers

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