13 October 1942

The Australians now strike the main delaying force around Templeton’s Crossing, around 1000 deeply entrenched Japanese troops.

The advancing Australian force totals around 3000, although because of the terrain they cannot bring large numbers against the Japanese defenders, who have a substantial advantage because they are well dug in, often hidden under logs, and have created coordinated supporting fields of fire.

It’s usually agreed that to be confident of success an attacking force should outnumber properly entrenched defenders by at least five to one.

It’s the start of a week of desperate close-quarter fighting.