1 January 1943

Zero hour for the attack by the Australian 2/12th Battalion on the Japanese stronghold at Giropa Plantation at Buna is set for 8am.

Six tanks from 2/6th Armoured Regiment rolled forward right on time, closely supported by the Diggers.

 They were immediately hit by a barrage of fire from snipers in trees and automatic weapons from deeply embedded pillboxes. Eleven members of the 2/12th were killed in the assault.