7 August 1942

Temporary CO of 39th Battalion Major Alan Cameron decides to try to recapture Kokoda. Three companies are to take part in the attack, carrying all the ammunition they can with three days emergency rations. To move off at first light tomorrow.

At Moresby, Col Ralph Honner receives his orders and hurries up the track.  Those orders are simple: ‘Hold the Japs on the northern side of the Owen Stanleys until you are reinforced’