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Title Kokoda : the counterattack / directed by Don Featherstone ; narrated by William McInnes
Published Canberra, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2008
Online access available from:
Australasian Video Online    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (57 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Summary From the corridors of power to the blood-stained battlefields of the Papua New Guinea highlands, Kokoda tells the story of the brutal World War II military campaign between Australia and Japan that changed the course of Australian history. In late September 1942 things looked grim for the Australians fighting in Papua New Guinea. The Japanese army had advanced to Ioribaiwa Ridge just 40 kilometres from Port Moresby. The Australian soldiers facing them on Imita Ridge believed they were the last line of defence of their homeland. If Port Moresby fell Australia could be taken out of the war. The Australian counterattack would begin from here. It became a war fought utterly without mercy as the Japanese retreated for the first time in the Pacific war. There was a savagery now that infected the minds of both armies, the only hope was to kill them before they killed you. The diggers were striving to force the Japanese back along the track and into the sea; the Japanese had been re-enforced and refused to relinquish their foothold in Papua New Guinea. To tell the story with authenticity, the Kokoda film crew walked and filmed the length of the Kokoda Track, capturing for the first time the visceral nature of the terrain and the green hell of the Owen Stanley Mountains
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 3, 2014)
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Papua New Guinea.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Japanese.
Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea)
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Featherstone, Don, director
McInnes, William, 1963- narrator