19 October 1942

Fighting intensifies at Templeton’s Crossing as the Australians, led by 3rd and 2/2nd Battalions, work their way around the high ground above the Japanese positions.

The Australians lose 16 killed in action on the day, eight of them from the 3rd Battalion. By the end of the day the 2/2nd troops are heavily pressing the Japanese perimeter, threatening to break through.

All the while Higher Command demands the Diggers energise their attacks: "During last five days you have made practically no advance against a weaker enemy." HQ had no concept of the precipitous terrain and the advantage it gave an entrenched force.