What did the BTN story explain?
The role Australia had defending against the Japanese and that mine companies are trying to turn it into a mine and that the track is a popular place for hikers and the locals.
During which war was the Kokoda campaign?
The Second World War 1939-1945 was the bloodiest war in History and involved over a 100 nations with two sides the Axis which included Nazi Germany, Japan and Italy and the Allied Superpowers including the USSR, USA, UK and many more countries, commonwealth nations and Colonies. The war ended in the demise of Hitler’s Germany, Japan’s empire being reformed to a more democratic nation and Russia being left in ruins and the Cold war between the USA and the USSR. World War 2 to this day is the most bloody war with so much new technology like Tanks and Improved Planes and was the only time a nuke was used.
Why were Australian soldiers sent to New
Because New Guinea was under heavy attack by the Japanese and if they lost New Guinea the Japanese would come for Australia so the USA, some British Colonies in India and Asia and Australia sent troops into New Guinea to defend Australia. Although it wasn’t as bloody as other Campaigns and Asia and no where close to the Campaigns in Europe many Australians lost their lives in the Battle in New Guinea
New Guinea was a territory of Australia. True
Territory of New Guinea which had a small region in Guinea was owned by Australia from 1920 to 1970 but the Battles mostly took place on West New Guinea which was Dutch.
Why were reserve forces sent to New Guinea?
Because it was so close to Australia if their lost New Guinea Australia would be next on Japans list so many young and old soldiers were sent to New Guinea and many states set up State Militia incase of an Invasion by the Empire of Japan and all the Elite troops were in Africa and Europe.
Why were the soldiers poorly prepared for
Australia soldiers were in North Africa during the first years of the war and after a Important victory against Germany Japan invaded New Guinea. The elites couldn’t make it home in time so the Australian Military forced Conscription and many young inexperienced boys were sent to battle while the old veterans from the Boer War and World War 1 begged to be sent there. Despite that they fought hard against the Japanese which later resulted in a Japanese retreat.
Describe the conditions on the Kokoda track
Wet, Hot, Muddy and Sticky. The Kokoda Track was fought in a Forrest trail full of Japanese Guerillas and was a crucial moment in the war in the Pacific. Many men were carrying over 20kg of equipment and weapons and if they got into a fire fight there wouldn’t be many places to hide.
Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen in Mount Tambu saving a US Marine.
Australians on the Kokoda Trail.
Natives Rescuing a Injured Soldier.
The 39th with Two Light Tanks.
Kokoda was no place for vehicles so many Horses were used to transport weapons and supplies.
The Locals were nicknamed Wuzzy Angles because of their hair and their comradeship with Australia Soldiers.