5 October 1942

While the Diggers pursue the retreating Japanese up the Track, back in Moresby turmoil prevails in the High Command. The Commander in Chief, General Thomas Blamey has arrived and is immediately at loggerheads with his commander on the ground, General Sydney Rowell. 

Blamey has lost confidence in Rowell, whom he considers has not pushed the offensive with enough zeal. For his part, Rowell loathes Blamey.

 The inevitable result plays out and Blamey sacks Rowell, takes command and installs General Ned Herring as his deputy.