8 August 1942

Second battle for Kokoda: 39th Bn attacks from three directions, A Coy routs Jap defenders & retakes Kokoda plateau. D Coy held by strong Jap force at Pirivi. C Coy hit by hidden machine guns, CO killed, ordered to drop back to Deniki. B Coy acts as rearguard at Deniki.

A Coy sets defences at Kokoda, unaware of the problems faced by colleagues. Japs follow C Coy's withdrawal to Deniki and start harassing defenders there. All troops at Deniki forced to man defences.