7 November 1942

Australians struggle to break through the Japanese positions at Oivi which stretch between three and four kilometres wide and almost as deep with three battalions covering the main track from Kokoda to the beachheads.

Using a parallel track a few kilometres to the south, the Diggers begin a wide encircling movement and bring in reinforcements as it becomes clear that the battle for Oivi-Gorari will become a major pitched battle.

Five Diggers die during the day, including Lt Alan Haddy of 2/16th Battalion, as they probe the edges of the Jap positions.