‘ Lost Bat­tle­field’ a fierce af­fair

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

FUR­THER to your news item about the dis­cov­ery of a “Jap Road” near the Kokoda Trail, ( Kokoda’s Lost Track Found, TB 22/ 7), the orig­i­nal Jap Track re­ferred to ran from Mubo to Wau, par­al­lel to the Black Cat Track much fur­ther west of the Kokoda Track.

The Lost Bat­tle­field was the scene of a short but fierce bat­tle known as the bat­tle of Eora Creek Ridge, against a well dug- in enemy force.

It was fought by mem­bers of the 2/ 3rd bat­tal­ion of the sixth Di­vi­sion, the unit my fa­ther served in.

It was a cru­cial turn­ing point in break­ing the stale­mate at Eora Creek which had held up the Aus­tralian ad­vance for sev­eral days.

A par­tic­i­pant in the fight de­scribed it thus: “We at­tacked straight into them, Brens and Thomp­sons on the hip and I’ve never seen such a beaut lit­tle fire­fight, noth­ing but noise, smoke and fall­ing leaves.

“Then one Jap squealed. It passed on. Our lads started yelling.

“The Nip started to run, threw away LMGs, aban­doned gear, and off for his life.”

The bat­tle­field was “lost” be­cause it was fought off the main track and the main ad­vance moved quickly on af­ter­wards in pur­suit of the enemy. his L. WHITEMAN Wul­guru

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