6 August 1942

At 11am US Liberty ship James Fenimore Cooper heads out of Brisbane carrying 2/14th Battalion to PNG to reinforce the embattled 39th and 53rd Bns on Track.

D Coy 39th reaches Deniki and for the first time the battalion is together as a unit, a total of around 500 gathered there - 31 officers and 433 other ranks of 39th, together with 8 officers and 35 natives of the Papuan Infantry Battalion.

Ranging against them is the first wave of the Japanese advance, 1500-2000 seasoned troops.