Wartime Issue 48 - 2009
The Kokoda campaign
Wartime looks in detail at this seminal event. It deals with the Australian and the Japanese experience of the fighting and with the efforts to record the campaign.
Kokoda then and now
For Australians a different war from what they had so far known in world wars was being fought in Papua and New Guinea.
By Hank Nelson
The greyhounds of Kokoda
The 39th Battalion was seen as heroic but the 53rd Battalion was derided; the clues lay in the circumstances of their formation.
By Karl James
He enlisted under an assumed name, fought bravely, and then …
By Nick Fletcher
Hospitals of death
The Japanese medical system in 1942–43 created immense suffering for staff and soldiers alike.
By Steven Bullard
Shots from along the trail
Some of the finest images of the war were captured during the Kokoda campaign.
By Aaron Pegram
Kokoda ‘Track’ or ‘Trail’?
Both terms were used during the war and were not thought to be mutually exclusive.
By Karl James
Sending the news home
A photographer on the Kokoda front line died trying the capture the action.
By Ian Jackson
Walking the Trail
The landscape is alive with memories old and new.
By Bill James
The taste of defeat
The recollections of retreating Japanese soldiers in Papua tell a tale of men in extremity.
Selected and translated by Haruki Yoshida
War birds and pin-up girls
During the Second World War images of attractive girls adorned the noses of many Australia aircraft.
By Majella Edwards
The warrior leader
How Frank Hassett led 3RAR to victory at Maryang San in the Korean War.
By John Essex-Clark
Our first VC!
We all know it was Jacka … wasn’t it?
By Peter Burness
- Reflections: Comments from Australian War Memorial Director Steve Gower
- Mail call
- Briefing: Military snippets
- Who? What? Where? When? Can you provide information?
- Military intelligence A test of your knowledge
- Australian War Memorial news
- Book reviews
- Friends of the Memorial