The fallacy of a ‘Lost Battlefield’ on Kokoda

The story of Kokoda is second only to Gallipoli in the annals of Australia’s military history – but it’s been a slow awakening!
Since Prime Minister John Howard and PNGs Grand Chief, Sir Michael Somare, opened a solemn memorial at Isurava on the 60th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign in 2002, scores of books have been published, television documentaries produced, and more than 54,000 Australians from all walks of life have trekked across it.
It was inevitable that the pilgrimage, which is a serious physical and emotional challenge, would eventually attract its share of entrepreneurial urgers, and rent-seekers from the government aid-sector.

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