20 November 1942

Australians attacking Gona are reduced to eating emergency rations as supplies fail to keep pace with the advance.

Leading troops fall back to about 1.5km from Jap front lines to wait for aerial supplies to reach them. Their commander orders them to build up a base of ammunition, rations and medical supplies while they gathered intelligence on the Jap strengths and positions.

At night the Diggers can hear trucks behind the Japanese lines and motor boats moving to and from the store as Japs receive supplies and reinforcements by sea.