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Kokoda Track Update TGS - 03 July 2015

Efogi

The group have arrived to their campsite of Efogi South (AKA Big Efogi). During the Second World War, Efogi was a small village on the southern slopes of the Owen Stanley Ranges and was the fourth staging post where many troops stopped overnight as they advanced over the Kokoda Track. It was a very significant place particularly in the fighting withdrawal battles of the Kokoda campaign. Many Australians and Japanese lost their lives at this place.

The group are in high spirits and are doing well.

Kokoda Track Update TGS - 02 July 2015

AgulogoThe group have arrived to their campsite at Agulolo after crossing the mighty Maguli Range. All are doing well and are delighted with all the messages they have been getting.

Kokoda Track Update Harry Bould Tour - 02 July 2015

menari

The Harold Bould Memorial Tour are making great progress and have reached their campsite at Menari this evening. All are doing very well and the track conditions are nice and dry.

Menari, is a prosperous native community cultivating fertile gardens on the hilly slopes that lie at the junction of two creeks.

The campsite at Menari is a beautiful peaceful rest place for trekkers today but a photo from the September 1942 reminds us that it was not always so.

Menari is the location where Lt Ralph Honner gave his now famous speech to his men, the 39th Militia Battalion.

"Now I don't know a lot of you by name, but I know you.

We met at Isurava. We fought there together and every step of the way here.

Now we are relieved and we will leave the battle.

And every day the enemy supply line stretches further. He suffers now as you have suffered.

The battle we fought for the track may have just saved your nation. At Imita we will stop him.
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Brigadier wants you to know...your gallantry, your courage, your fortitude are an inspiration.

And I want you to know that you are some of the finest soldiers that I have ever seen.

You have seen things in this place that no man should witness.

Some of these things you must forget. But history will remember you, and in the years to come others will wish that they had your conviction.

And remember...remember the glory is not the exhortation of war, but the exhortation of man.

Mans nobility, made transcendent in the fiery crucible of war.

Faithfulness and fortitude.

Gentleness and compassion.

I am honored to be your brother." — Lt Col Ralph Honner DSO MC

The group are all travelling well and have made it to the campsite in good time and in good health.

Kokoda Track Update TGS - 30 June 2015

bomana2The TGS group had an early start this morning with breakfast at their hotel. Then final gear check before setting out for their first stop of Bomana War Cemetery. Bomana contains 3,824 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 699 of them unidentified. There in the immaculately maintained cemetery one can start to understand the enormity of the battles in Papua New Guinea.

After Bomana they drove to Owers Corner, the starting point of the Kokoda Track. They made their way down to cross the Goldie River, their first experience of river crossing on Kokoda. Tonight they have set up camp at a lovely campsite called Good Water. They made it to camp with plenty of time for a swim in the pristine waters at Good Water.

Thanks for all the messages - keep them coming.

 

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