28 October 1942

The decisive day of the battle for Eora Creek. Led by Major Ian Hutchison of 2/3rd Battalion, around 200 Diggers scramble to the high spur above the Japanese positions and charge their enemy.

Firing from the hip, advancing from tree to tree, the Diggers charge through to the heart of the Japanese defences. For the first time in the entire campaign, the Japanese troops break and bolt into the thick jungle, many abandoning their weapons.

Cpl Lester ‘Tarzan’ Pitt – his mates called him ‘five feet of dynamite – destroys four Jap bunkers single-handedly. His bravery is later rewarded with the Military Medal. He will die of wounds incurred at the battle for Oivi two on 6 November.