21 July-16 November 1942 – Outnumbered Australian troops fight a tortuous four-month campaign against Japanese forces attempting to cross the Owen Stanley ranges and capture Port Moresby.
In a series of bloody encounters, the Australians stage a fighting retreat which delays the Japanese and inflicts heavy casualties. The Japanese eventually abandon their plans to capture Port Moresby and retreat over the mountains.
The Australians follow and are joined by American troops in the Battles of Gona, Buna and Sanananda, the final effort to repel the Japanese from New Guinea.
Visit New Guinea on our Kokoda without Trekking Tour (coming soon).