Armistice Day while the battle of Oivi-Gorari rages. 30 Diggers die on the day as the Japanese withdraw in confusion leaving as many as 400 dead.
The retreating Japanese abandon 15 artillery pieces on the battlefield but they break through the Australian encirclement and rush in disarray back to their beachhead positions at Buna and Gona.
The Japanese confusion is heightened by the loss their commander Gen Horii and many senior officers. They head to the beachheads determined to fight to the death.