Kokoda Track Essay

677 WordsSep 4, 20133 Pages
Contention- To what extent does the film Kokoda, directed by Alistair Grierson, accurately represent the living conditions, terrain and diseases from the Kokoda campaign. One of the bloodiest campaigns of World War II, which has forever sealed the relationship between Australia and Papua New Guinea, began 61 years ago on July 21, 1942, that Japanese troops landed on the northern coast of then New Guinea and unexpectedly began to march over the Owen Stanley Ranges with the intent of capturing Port Moresby. The film Kokoda comes very close in replicating the treacherous and muddy terrain that was faced by the Australian’s, The diseases such as dysentery were also graphically shown which was a major health issue with our troops during the Kokoda campaign. The living conditions weren’t portrayed so much in the film but with a few glimpses here and there it was easy to tell that they were very poor and didn’t offer much protection against the natural elements which closely resembled the real soldiers living confines in the Kokoda trail. The living quarters that the soldiers had were very poor didn’t offer much protection from the elements and were mainly made for travel purposes so they were light and quick to pitch. The living conditions on the Kokoda trail were really very poor and didn’t offer our soldiers much resistance to elements. The amount of bugs that would sneak into the tents or into the clothes of soldiers. Soldiers would have been very irritated by the sever infestation of bugs that were found in the forests. The rain was constant and would have been hammering down on the soldiers all most all day. In the film they didn’t really show much of the movie in rain they just showed puddles. The living conditions were absolutely terrible many of the soldiers took most of their clothes of because they were so dirty and caked with mud, the film portrays

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