13 January 1943

While the Allies argue over whether to continue their costly attack at Sanananda or revert to starving the defenders into submission, Jap commander Col Tsukamoto changes the equation by ordering his troops to evacuate the Killerton-Sanananda Junction.

Apparently the Australian charge yesterday had been more successful than originally thought. The Jap defenders are demoralized and exhausted and their commander has taken the unusual course of trying to save them.