Captain Sam Templeton with B Coy 39th Btn leaves Ilolo , guided by Lt Bert Kienzle to cross the Owen Stanleys to provide protective force to US troops building an airstrip at Dobudura.
21st July :
Japanese Nankai Shitai troops led by General Horii land at Buna and advance quickly inland.
Japanese meet the Australians at Awala, only 40 miles from Kokoda.
BCoy pushed back to Oivi. Templeton disappears.
Kokoda lost. Aussies fall back to Deniki.
A Coy of the 39th retake Kokoda for 2 days while enemy stalls for time, patrolling the Yodda area, building bridges and roads from the Coast.
Bert Kienzle locates and names Myola lakes as a potential solution to the supply problem.
Captain Bert Kienzle on leave in Australia after the Papuan Campaign
(Courtesy : To Kokoda & Beyond . Story of the 39th Battalion by Victor Austin)
Kienzle blazes a track from Myola to join the old mail trail at a point he call’s Templeton’s Crossing.
1942-08. Papua – Native bearers (popularly known as Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels) carry heavy loads of equipment and supplies for the Australian Troops. (AWM 013004)
Horii’s troops storm Isurava with 3 Btns and the battle rages for five days during which casualties are high on both ides. Private Bruce Kingsbury is killed and earn a VC for his heroism.
26th August – 6th Sept:
Battle of Milne Bay. Japs defeated.