27 October 1942

Gen Blamey, under pressure from MacArthur, signals Port Moresby: “the delay in seizing Kokoda may cost us unique opportunity of driving enemy out of New Guinea”.

Blamey and MacArthur fail to grasp the difficulties faced by the Diggers as they try to dislodge the Japanese from their hidden log-protected weapons pits on the jungle spurs overlooking Eora Creek.

There the Australians are meeting fierce resistance from the entrenched and desperate Japanese. Ten Diggers are killed in action on the day as the Australians continue to dig out the enemy in a jungle war of attrition.