2 31 Australian Infantry Battalion walking along the Banks of the Brown River, circa 1942 Kokoda M1

This photograph from State Library Victoria is of the 2/31 Australian Infantry Battalion walking along the Banks of the Brown River, circa 1942. When the Japanese arrived in Papua, their goal was to make their way across the Kokoda trail and form a base from which to attack the mainland of Australia. The Kokoda campaign is remembered as one of the most difficult operations in Australian military history – a campaign that cost the lives of many soldiers.

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