8 January 1943

General MacArthur leaves Moresby for Brisbane, saying his work is done, even though the final assault on Sanananda has not yet begun.

His order for the day issues US Distinguished Service Crosses to a range of commanders, including Blamey, Eichelberger, Eather and Wootten.

He also issued a fatuous communiqué claiming “the complete annihilation of the Japanese Papuan Army”, which infuriates his commander on the ground at Sanananda who is losing men by the hour as they continue to prise out the remaining defenders there.