Thursday, May 3, 2012

Australia 2010, Kokoda Campaign 1942, 55 c

Australia Stamp 2010
Kokoda Campaign 1942 55 c
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The Kokoda Track campaign or Kokoda Trail campaign was part of the Pacific War of World War II. The campaign consisted of a series of battles fought from July to November 1942 between Japanese and Allied—primarily Australian—forces in what was then the Australian territory of Papua.

The Kokoda Track itself is a single-file track starting just outside Port Moresby on the Coral Sea and runs 60–100 kilometres (37–62 mi) through the Owen Stanley Ranges to Kokoda and the coastal lowlands beyond by the Solomon Sea.

The track crosses some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the world, and combines hot humid days with intensely cold nights, torrential rainfall and endemic tropical diseases such as malaria. The track is passable only on foot; this had extreme repercussions for logistics, the size of forces and the type of warfare that could be conducted.

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