18 October 1942

Battle at Templeton’s Crossing continues as Diggers try to outflank the Japanese defences, dug in on the high ground.

The 3rd Battalion takes brunt of the action, losing four soldiers killed: Cpl Bob Rogers and Ptes Kevin Cosgrove, John Jones and Arnold Kemp.

Meanwhile Blamey signals General ‘Tubby’ Allen: “General MacArthur considers quote extremely light casualties indicate no serious effort yet made to displace enemy unquote. You will attack enemy with energy and all possible speed at each point of resistance. Essential that Kokoda airfield be taken at earliest. Apparent enemy gaining time by delaying you with inferior strength.”

Gen Tubby Allen replies: “25th Brigade has been attacking all day and enemy is now counter-attacking".