3 July 1942

Capt Sam Templeton, commander of B Coy 39th, starts a recce of the first stage of the Track to Uberi, checking the condition of the Track and planning staging positions for their march to Kokoda.

His troops remain at McDonald's Corner at the start of the Track, waiting for their supplies to reach them so they can head up the Track to Kokoda to protect the airfield there.

Meanwhile, the Japanese15th Independent Engineer Regiment arrives at Rabaul to join the Nankai Shitai (The South Seas Force) to prepare for their invasion of New Guinea.