Kokoda front line [unedited]

Accession Number F01212
Collection type Film
Measurement 16 min 45 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Parer, Damien Peter
Place made New Guinea1: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Kokoda Trail, Menari, New Guinea1: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Kokoda Trail, Myola
Date made 27 August 1942; 6 September 1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This footage shot by Damien Parer in Papua New Guinea was subsequently edited to make the Academy Award winning documentary film 'Kokoda Front Line!'.
Footage includes scenes of : supplies being dropped by air to forward troops in Myola area, Kokoda Trail. Conditions in jungle; natives carrying sick and wounded; regimental aid post huts; troops being given treatment. Salvation Army Officer Padre Albert Moore with tea and cigarettes ( the wounded soldier sitting up as he receives a cigarette from Padre Moore is Norman Valentine Gardiner of St Kilda, VIC, who identified himself on a vist to the AWM in 1986), on a jungle track used for transport of wounded troops out of the battle, and for movement of relief troops going in. Parade of survivors of the 39th Australian Infantry Battalion at Menari on 6 September 1942, where they were addressed by their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Honner. Other identified personnel are: 'Snowy Parr' of the 39th Battalion (left) Arthur Chambers (right) seated in native hut facing camera. Lieutenant I McL Hutchinson, 2/14 Battalion displays steel helmet dented by a Japanese bullet. Army Doctor Captain William Wotherspoon McLaren tending wrist on wounded soldier (Captain Henry Devenish Steward viewed the film, 1 April 1982 and claimed that the Doctor is himself). See also Kokoda front line, the completed newsreel (Cinesound version) F01582.

Film order form
  • Part 1 Video of Kokoda front line [unedited] (video)
  • Part 2 Video of Kokoda front line [unedited] (video)