12 December 19142

Mopping up continues at Gona, while both sides rearrange their positions at Buna and Sanananda further down the coast. The Japanese a being sporadically resupplied and reinforced by destroyer and submarine from Rabaul but increasingly frequent Allied bombing raids are making these actions more difficult.

The Diggers at Sanananda patrol actively as the try to determine the Japanese strength and positions. Many are concerned tHat they are being pressured to attack without time to properly assess the situation. They believe their High Command has no understanding of the difficulties of the terrain and that they have greatly underestimated enemy numbers. The Diggers believe the defenders should be isolated and starved into surrender rather than attacking them in frontal assaults with devastating losses.