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    Gorari Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
Gorari is a prewar village located along the Kokoda Highway, located along the Oivi Creek, roughly five kilometers east of Oivi.

Wartime History
After the Japanese landing on the coast, they occupied the Gorari area and advanced to Kokoda. After their withdrawal over the Kokoda Trail, the Japanese established defenses in the Oivi-Gorari area.

During early November 1942, the Australian Army advanced towards Oivi and met resistance roughly 1.5km west of Oivi from forested areas where a Japanese force of approximately 2-3 battalions established machine gun positions and sniper positions in the trees, supported by mortars and mountain guns.

On November 6, when the Australians began probing these positions they sustained 17 KIA and 36 WIA. Instead of continued frontal attacks, the Australians used a parallel track to the south in at attempt to outflank the position over the next several days before attacking again during November 9-12. During the assault, the Japanese suffered approximately 1,000 casualties. The Australians suffered 130 KIA and over a hundred WIA.

Today
Australian foxholes and weapons pits are located to the south of the village.

References
Field Guide to the Kokoda Track pages 398-404

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018

 

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