29 July 1942

Japanese attack Kokoda around 2.30am in large numbers, charging up the slopes of the plateau from three sides.

Lt Col Bill Owen, is with his troops in the front line, firing down at the Japanese with his rifle when he is mortally wounded by a sniper.

Greatly outnumbered and now under mortar fire, the Australians withdraw through the rubber plantation behind the plateau back to Deniki.