Road to Kokoda

Road to Kokoda
Cinesound Movietone Productions
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This clip begins with footage of Salvation Army headquarters where food and drink are provided to Australian troops. At a village base, Papuan stretcher carriers bring men to be tended by an AIF doctor who bandages the injured. The voice-over narration says that 'these are realities of war’. Salvation Army officer Albert Moore lights the cigarette of a wounded soldier propping himself up on his elbows. Other men are gathered around him. A man whose arm is in a sling stands in front of a village hut. A village at Eora Creek is shown in tropical rain. Papuan carriers climb the track in the rain and members of the 39th Battalion labour along the Kokoda track up steep muddy inclines and through thick jungle. The final three shots show a group of men walking through ankle-deep mud; a tighter framing of the same scene; and a pan across the faces of four weary Australian soldiers.