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Kokoda Track Training Session 14 December 2014

KokodaOur next Kokoda Track training session will be held at the 1000 Steps, Kokoda Memorial Walk, Ferntree Gully starting at 8am on Sunday the 14 December 2014.

We will meet in the carpark at the archway at the entrance to the 1000 Steps, which is accessed via Mt Dandenong Tourist Road (off Burwood Highway), Upper Ferntree Gully, Dandenong Ranges.

Come and join us on this training session. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

After the training session we will attend the unveiling of the new Kokoda Memorial at OneTree Hill so we would encourage all participants to join us for this exciting event which will be officially opened by the Governor of Victoria, His Excellency, the Honourable Alex Chernov.

This will be followed by the 39 Battalion Association Christmas Lunch.

Please click this link for more information - http://39battalion.com/39th-association/events/unveiling-kokoda-memorials/ 

Date & Time: Sunday, 14 December 2014 · 08:00am - 10:00am

Location: 1000 Steps, Kokoda Memorial Walk, Ferntree Gully, Victoria

Length: 5-6 kilometres

Duration: Approximately 2 hours

Track: Moderate/rough

Grade: Steep

RSVP: Please send us an email if you intend to join us. 

Kokoda Track Update - 10 November 2014

The group have arrived at Good Water, known as Dump 66 during the war, after an exhausting day. A heavy storm is upon them but they are all safe and dry with high spirits.

This is their last night on the trek before completion tomorrow morning.

New Diggers Story - Captain Harry Katekar M.I.D.

katekarMost of us in the modern western world are lucky enough, never to know hunger. An intense kind of hunger, the sort that gnaws away at your stomach causing you to drop around 12 kilograms of body weight in less than two weeks.

Very few of us know what it is like to sleep in pouring rain, to be constantly wet with nothing but a cotton shirt or thin woolen pullover to protect you from the elements. Nor do we know what it is to suffer from festering open wounds – where your only chance to ward off gangrene, is to allow maggots to infest your injury and eat away the rotten flesh.

But then again, most of us did not happen to grow up in South Australia during the nineteen twenties or thirties and find ourselves going off to the Second World War with the 2/27th Infantry Battalion.

Perhaps the young Harry Katekar, who had recently graduated from university with a degree in Law with ambitions of opening his own Solicitor's office, would also not have dreamed of experiencing such hardships.

Free Kokoda Backpack

Kokoda Gear backpack

For a limited time Kokoda Historical are offering new customers a free backpack when they book one of our tours.

This is the perfect backpack for doing Kokoda.

  • Hard wearing 600 Denier mini Ripstop
  • UV stabilised hot knifed webbing
  • Duraflex buckles
  • Freeline harness
  • Built-in rain cover
  • Side compression straps to keep load stable
  • Extendable hood with storm throat

Ask about optional trolley addition.

RRP $199

This is a limited offer while stocks last and terms and conditions apply. Not available with any other special offers. Don't wait til its too late! Book now!

New Digger's Story - Leslie C. "Bull" Allen, MM, USS 

Bull Allen

One of the best known images of an Australian soldier in the Pacific War is that of VX12513, Corporal Leslie 'Bull' Allen. Bull Allen was born in 1918, in Ballarat, Victoria. As an orphan, he and his sister would grow up in an orphanage.

By the time the Second World War had broken out, Bull Allen had already been working for nearly a decade. In 1940 at the age of 21, Allen volunteered for service with the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

Posted as reinforcement to the 2/5 Australian Infantry Battalion of the 17 Brigade. Allen would join Battalion in Palestine were they were training and would be made a stretcher-bearer in 'Don' Company.

By the time the above famous image had been taken, Bull Allen along with the 17 Brigade, had seen service in the Middle East, including Libya and Syria. It was during those campaigns that Allen would not only earn his nickname of ‘Bull’ but also gain a reputation as being ‘cool under fire’.