Explore: Beachhead Battles (Papua 1942-1943)
The battle for Kokoda is well known in Australia. However, that campaign culminated in what many veterans see as the worst fighting of the Pacific war in New Guinea – the struggle for the Japanese strongholds of Buna, Gona, and Sanananda on the north Papuan coast. This section explores those 'Beachhead' battles of January 1943.
Peter Brune, Those ragged bloody heroes: from the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach 1942, North Sydney, 1991.
Peter Brune, The spell broken: exploding the myth of Japanese invincibility: Milne Bay to Buna-Sanananda 1942-43, St Leonards, 1998.
G Hermon Gill, Australians in the War of 1939 - 1945; Series Two, Navy, Vol II - Royal Australian Navy 1942 - 1945, Canberra, 1968.
Douglas Gillison, Australia in the War of 1939-45; Series Three, Air, Vol 1 - Royal Australian Air Force 1939-1942, Canberra, 1962.
Dudley McCarthy, Australian in the War of 1939-45; Series One, Army, Vol V - South-West Pacific Area - First Year, Kokoda to Wau, Canberra, 1959.
John Moremon, Battle of the Beachheads 1942-43: Buna, Gona, Sanananda, Papua New Guinea, Canberra, 2002.
Operation CLICK: Anzac to Kokoda
is a classroom resource which draws on and encourages the use of the following Veterans' Affairs websites:
You may download Work sheets - provided in PDF file format.
The resource book and CD-ROM package contains lessons that can be used in many contexts in History and Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) classrooms. They were written by experienced history teachers with three aims in mind: