26 November 1942

Begins as a quiet day as each side at Gona consolidates. The remainder of the Australian 21st Brigade are travelling from Moresby and are expected to arrive within a few days.

As the 2/33rd Battalion awaits the arrival of the reinforcements, they are surprised by a bayonet attack at dusk by an aggressive Jap patrol who pushes out 500 metres on the west side of their position aiming to disrupt the Australian attack.

The attack only leaves light casualties but shakes the Australians sense of security.