The track - A historical desktop study of the Kokoda Track


By Dr Karl James,
Military History Section, Australian War Memorial
Commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts


About the report

The Track - A historical desktop study of the Kokoda Track was undertaken by Dr Karl James of the Australian War Memorial. The Track was commissioned as a reference document by the Department to assess the wartime routes of the Kokoda Track and to assist the Department's work under the Kokoda Initiative.

The study contains an introduction to the events of the War in the Pacific and how both sides viewed the strategic location of Papua New Guinea in the conflict. It also lists the full Australian and Japanese units engaged in the Kokoda campaign, providing an important historical reference for anyone with an interest in the campaign.


The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are factually correct, the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication.