Kokoda Trail Campaign

Events

Australia declares war on Japan

10 December 1941

Singapore surrenders

16 February 1942

General Edgar Percival who was British commander in Singapore, decides to surrender.

Australian Kokoda operations begin

7 July 1942

Papuan and Australia troops begin operations when the Japanese were identified as a threat.

Japanese army lands at Gona

21 July 1942

The Japanese forces begin to move south over the Kokoda track to attack Port Moresby.

Japanese attack Milne Bay and Isurava

26 August 1942 - 31 August 1942

Japanese forces launch an offensive.

Japanese are defeated at Milne Bay

10 September 1942

The Japanese lose their first land battle of the war.