22 January 1942

The Allies snuff out the last pockets of serious Japanese resistance at Sanananda, marking the end of the Papuan Campaign. Seven Diggers die on the day, five of whom succumb to wounds previously received.

By now General Vasey’s command has grown to more than 31,000 troops. About 1500 have been killed in action, aound 2500 taken as casualties and another 6500 evacuated due to illness.

The beachhead battles of Buna, Gona and Sanananda have proved total disasters for the Japanese. Of those who fought in the Papuan Campaign, 13,600 died – in battle, from illness or starvation – and another 5500 were evacuated wounded or sick.