24 August 1942

The recce party from 2/14th Battalion, led by CO Lt Col Arthur Key, arrives at Alola, one village away from Isurava, where the young Diggers of 39the Battalion are holding on grimly.

B Company 39th is holding the high ground at Isurava against attacks growing in size and frequency.

Persistent supply problems mean that troops from 2/14th and 2/16th Battalions, rushing to reinforce the 39th at Isurava and the 49th at Abuari, can only be sent forward company by company.