27 June 1942

Sam Templeton's B Coy 39th still waiting for orders at McDonald’s Corner at Moresby end of Track. He takes advantage of the delay to conduct intensive bush marches to keep his young untried troops fit and to condition them to the jungle and the steep hills they are about to traverse.

Back in Morersby the remaining garrison troops are now being trained by the recently arrived AIF officers, back from the Middle East. RSM Jock Reid's diary noted change in atmosphere: "Great movements on here at present, new officers in charge of companies, Orders now for route marching, night work, drill, etc, etc, and plenty of wharf labouring too. Quite a lot going sick, big sick parade and plenty of growling."