16 August 1942

New CO 39th Bn Lt Col Ralph Honner arrives at Isurava around 1.30pm, the day before his 38th birthday, and takes command from Maj Alan Cameron.

The average age of his young Diggers is probably less than 20. He immediately begins moving around their defensive positions meeting them individually. 

Aust patrols report that Japanese are consolidating back down the Track. Honner has some time to perfect his defences.

Maj Cameron tells him that B Coy is "unreliable', having "gone bush" during the earlier clashes at Oivi. He believes the company should be disbanded and they should be spread among the other companies. Ralph Honner takes some time to consider his response.

Back down the Track at Itiki, with its supplies secured, 2/14th Bn heads off up the Track aiming to reinforce the 39th at Isurava.