2 August 1942

Enemy patrols probe around the perimeter of the Australian’s position at Deniki trying to discover their strength and defences.

But the main Japanese advance force does not immediately follow up the Australians as they withdraw to Deniki. Rather they concentrate on their main task of improving the road from their beachheads to Kokoda and securing Kokoda as a jumping-off place for the main body of the invading force, due to land in four days.