Following a valiant defence of Isurava Village in late August, the Australians withdrew south, relentlessly pursued by the Japanese. The Japanese Nankai Shitai (South Seas Force) under the command of Major General Horii, were eager to inflict a devastating defeat on the Australians. Isurava had hurt Maroubra Force, but it was not broken.
Brigade Hill is an impressive mountain ridge roughly halfway along the Kokoda Trail. Mission Ridge extends from its north face like a nose. The eastern face is very steep whilst the western face is only slightly less so as it drops down to the Fagume River. It was here that Brigadier Arnold Potts, Commander of Maroubra Force, was ordered to stand and fight the advancing Japanese.
Attacker: Australian (2/14th and 2/16th Battalions and HQ Detachment, 21st Brigade)
Defender: Japanese (South Seas Force)
Turns: 6.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Kokoda Track, Papua 1942-09-08
Squads: A:15.0 D:8.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 OML 2-in. Mortar x 2 D:0 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 2