Wartime Issue 48


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

Lost hero

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