‘ Lost Battlefield’ a fierce affair
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