23 August 1942

The Japanese increase their probing attacks at Isurava but they are thrown back each time by desperate defence from the young Diggers, using rifle, Bren, grenades and even fists and boots.

Back down the Track Osmar White, war correspondent with Daily Tele describes the men of 2/14 & 2/16 Bns, heading up Track to reinforce 39th:

“These troops were tested and selected by war. They were scrawny muscled and burned to the colour of leather by desert winds. There were no weeds among them. They betrayed no enthusiasm. They did not cheer and catcall. They knew what fighting meant and they were going to fight.”

2/27th Bn now in Moresby from Australia waiting for orders to move up Track, conducting route marches, hill climbs and small arms practice.