6 October 1942

16th Brigade CO Brig John Lloyd is confident his Diggers will defeat the Japanese quickly: “They have a complete hatred of the Jap and what he stands for …”

The campaign “was a matter of kill or be killed and that it was total war with a vengeance.” Gen George Vasey was more cautious: “The Jap soldier has, however, the cardinal virtue of all soldiers. He will fight to the death …”

Meanwhile, along the Track, Diggers constantly discover the intensity of the earlier fighting when they encounter mouldering battlesites where the corpses of soldiers from both sides lie where they fell, often within metres of each other.