2 October 1942

As they withdraw back down the Track from Ioribaiwa, the Japanese discard all but their most essential equipment to lighten their load as they succumb to their increasing exhaustion, exacerbated by their constant hunger and lack of sustainable food.

The Australian advance is now led by the men of the 25th Brigade, 2/31st, 2/33rd, 2/25th and 3rd Battalions. They are puzzled by the lack of contact with the enemy as they push up the Track.