3 October 1942

The 3rd Militia Battalion, part of the 25th Brigade, reaches the abandoned Brigade Hill battle site in the Australian advance back up the Track. Sgt Bede Tongs is devastated at the sight of Australian bodies still lying there almost a month after the battle.

Another Digger describes seeing ‘dead men found in tree tops. Others were sitting in their trenches with the bones of their fingers clutched around the triggers of their weapons.” The smell of putrefaction covers the entire area. The enemy has disappeared.