15 November 1942

Among the troops gathering around the wire bridge across the Kumusi River is the Chaforce detachment of the 21st Brigade, volunteers from the survivors of the units that confronted the original Japanese advance back in July.

They have been conducting a guerrilla campaign against the Japanese lines of communication.

The 2/33rd Battalion takes the lead as the Australians cross the Kumusi River and moves down the flat road toward the Japanese positions at the beachheads