This year marks the 75th anniversaries of the battle of Milne Bay and the Kokoda campaign.
The Kokoda Trail is as ingrained in Australia’s story as Gallipoli. From July 1942 to early 1943, Australian troops in the Owen Stanley Range and on the beaches of northern Papua saw some of the most desperate and vicious fighting encountered in the Second World War.
Milne Bay was one of the most significant actions of the campaign, with Australian troops defeating Japanese invaders over a 12-day battle. The battle of Milne Bay is remembered as the first decisive defeat of the Japanese on land, and as having turned the tide of the Pacific War.
Join us at the Memorial as we commemorate these significant events, and the lives of those lost.