10 January 1943

The calm before the storm at Sanananda as the Allies prepare for a major assault to finally capture the position, the last serious Japanese stronghold in Papua.

The Australian 18th Brigade, under Brigadier George Wootten and reinforced with 1000 fresh troops from Australia, will attack from both flanks, while a US regiment will attack from the west.

Sporadic skirmishing continues during the preparations and four Diggers die on the day.