Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Group 1-The Kokoda track is a 96km trail which cuts across the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea. Research the track’s war history.
The Kokoda track was used by both Australian and Japanese in WWII during 1939-1945 in Papua New Guinea. Kokoda was the bloodiest battle of all. It is 96km long with almost vertical hills. One of the most famous places is brigade hill. Papua new guinea was divided into 3 pieces (areas). Australia landed at Port Moresby and the Japs at Basabua Buna. Australia had an army of untrained soldiers whilst the Japanese had the world’s greatest army. The first conflict between the 2 countries were 65km north-east of Port Moresby at Awala. More than 600 Aussies were killed and 1680 were wounded during the most significant battle fought by Australians in World War II. In late July 1942 as the Japanese advanced towards the village of Kokoda. They were engaged by forward elements of the Papuan infantry battalion and the Australian 39th infantry battalion. Despite the Australians’ stubborn resistance Kokoda fell to the larger Japanese force. At Isurava , in the last days of August the 39th and the 2nd / 14th battalions with support further back from the 2nd / to the 16th and the 53rd battalions, were able to temporarily hold the Japanese during the intense five day action. Throughout September the Australian units withdrew down the Kokoda track, being joined by the 2nd/27th battalion. They made further stands against the Japanese at Eora creek, Templetons crossing, Efogi, mission ridge Isurava. Allied airmen dropped supplies and made repeated attacks on the enemy’s supply lines. During the gruelling days, the Papuan men employed as carriers played a vital role in the battle. They carried supplies forward for the troops and then as the number of troops who were wounded or felt sick increased, carried back to safety those who were unable to walk. By the 16th of September, often more troops had come forward from port Moresby and dug into a distinctive position at Imita Ridge the Japanese were exhausted. They had been force to fight hard to cross the mountains and they had run out of many supplies. Following set backs on other battle fields against Australia and America forces, which robbed them of further reinforcements, the Japanese on the Kokoda track were ordered to with draw battle. As Australian patrols pushed forward on Imita ridge on the 28th of September they found that the enemy had slipped away. During the next six weeks, the Japanese fell back over the mountains. They were punished by the troops of the 25th brigade comprising the 2nd / 26th /2nd /31st and 2nd /33rd battalions- and the 16th brigade.
|The Kokoda Track|
People along the village
The KOKODA village was strategically important during World War II because the village had a run way where the enemy air craft could land to bring supplies for the enemy soldiers. Also if they captured that village they could use it as a land base.
Find out about the 39th Battalion. Who was Private Bruce Kingsbury? How did his actions change the course of the war?
Monday, July 13, 2015
Welcome to 20152015 finds the library with a new operating system, Oliver. Students can use Oliver to search and reserve resources as well as check their current and previous loans. Students need to login through the Student portal to check their loans.
The program Orbit, allows for student to pick and click picture to assist with searching for resources. Check it out and have a play.
Don't forget to finish logging the books you read into the Premier's Reading Challenge website. Again you need to use your portal login to access your account. The challenge concludes 21st July, 2015.