As the Australians press forward to Kokoda, back down the Track at Myola, their sick and wounded are ordered to move back to Moresby.
They are sent back in batches. Those who can walk straggle along the treacherous Track. Stretcher cases are at last able to be taken back as sufficient numbers of Fuzzy Wuzzy carriers arrive.
Some of the wounded have languished at Myola for months, waiting for evacuation. The last of them will not arrive back in Moresby until the week before Christmas. Indeed, less than 50 casualties will have been evacuated by plane from Myola. More than1000 make the tortuous journey by foot or on stretchers.