12 November 1942

The battle for Oivi-Gorari ends with the Japanese forces retreating in disarray back to their defensive positions at Buna, Gona and Sanananda, where they originally landed three and a half months earlier.

At Oivi on the flat coastal plains between the landing sites and Kokoda, both sides were able to bring major numbers of troops against each other for the first time in the campaign.

Around 2800 entrenched Japanese tried to hold up around 3700 Australians at Oivi. The Japanese lost between 500-600 killed during the fighting and probably twice as many wounded, while the Australians lost 133 killed and around 225 wounded, many seriously.