22 July 1942

Now at Awala, between the Buna-Gona beachheads and Kokoda, Capt Sam Templeton orders 11 Platoon to come forward from Kokoda to join him to prepare to challenge the leading units of the Japanese Yokoyama Butai advance invasion group.

During the day Allied aircraft attack the Japanese beachhead area but are unable to inflict any serious losses, save for sinking a landing barge and running a troop transport vessel aground.

Immediately they have consolidated their beachhead, the Japanese begin patrolling inland.