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    Deniki Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Lat 8° 58' 48S Long 147° 43' 15E  Deniki village is located at an elevation of 5,416' / 1,650m in the Owen Stanley Range in Oro Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Deniki borders the Kokoda Trail between Kokoda and Hoi to the north and Isurava to the south. From Deniki, Kokoda Airfield is visible to the south.

Wartime History
At the start of the Kokoda Campaign, a telephone wire was laid from Port Moresby to Deniki. Two radio transmitter were established in the area, the first 20 minutes south of Deniki and the other 2 hours to the south. These transmitters had satisfactory during daylight, but faded in the evening. Also, a telephone line was laid from Port Moresby to Deniki. This line allowed for speech coded communication to sent to Eora Creek where the transmission was relayed to the next station to the south.

On July 29, 1942, the Australian troops from Kokoda withdrew to Deniki.

On August 5, 1942 after the Australian Army withdrawal from Kokoda, the 39th Battalion was order to retake the station. C Company commanded by Arthur Dean advanced to Faiwani Creek, then made contact with the Japanese and were repulsed and fell back to Deniki.

On August 12, 1942 after the Japanese recaptured Kokoda for the second time they massed for an attack on Deniki. The Australians were dug into fox holes including Bidstrup's company in the right forward position. Jacob's company at center front and Merritt's company to the left under the commanded by Major Alan Cameron.

On August 13 at 9:50am, the Japanese opened fire to discern the Australian positions then attacked up the trail for the entire day and continued with probing attacks into the night. On August 14 at 8:30am Major Cameron sent a final message: "We have done our best" then ordered the force to withdraw. In total, the Australians suffered sixteen Killed In Action (KIA).

Today
After the Pacific War, Deniki village was reestablished.

References
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track pages 362-363 (maps) 366-371

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Last Updated
September 9, 2018

 

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