The former Australian High Commissioner to PNG, HE David Irvine, in a speech at Kokoda in 1999, said that “Gallipoli made Australia, Kokoda saved Australia”.
Do you agree? What are your thoughts?
10:08 PM, 22 March 2010
Absolutely Kokoda was a textbook case of strategic withdrawl to bleed a numericaly superior force, outgunned and outnumbered, firstly at Isurava then Brigade hill, Ofi Creek to Imata ridge the Aussies fought the Japs to a standstill and extended their supply lines & so sowed the seeds of the defeat at Buna, Gona & Sannananda if you doubt what these men did just walk the track and imagine what is was like to do so in 1942 with lack of food and outnumbered.
2:37 PM, 29 August 2009
It should read "... Kokoda and Milne Bay saved Australia". If the Japs got past Milne Bay, then Kokoda would have fallen and all the Kokoda soldiers would have been trapped from both ends.
Both were magnificent battles and fought by very brave men and 'Fuzzy-wuzzies'.
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