Kokoda, Milne Bay, Beachheads
Australians in Papua, July 1942 - January 1943 8 June 2012 - 17 February 2013

Between July 1942 and January 1943, Australia fought three costly campaigns against Japanese forces in Papua, New Guinea: at Kokoda, Milne Bay and the Beachheads.  The Kokoda Track, winding through the Owen Stanley mountain range was the setting for the most famous of these, a campaign which many believe to be Australia’s defining episode of the Second World War (1939-45).  

This Shrine exhibition remembers the brave men of Kokoda and acknowledges the lesser known Milne Bay and Beachheads campaigns, which, with the victories of the Kokoda, brought an end to enemy power in Papua and helped secure Australia.
 

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