• Short Summary

    Australian war correspondent Damien Parer introduces footage of troops in New Guinea.

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    Titles read: "GATEWAY TO AUSTRALIA - KOKODA (NEW GUINEA) IN THE FRONT LINE". Further titles explain that Australian ace war correspondent Damien Parer took his cameras to New Guinea for four months, securing many amazing pictures. He is responsible for some of the classic newsreel coverage of the war in other campaigns and is an experienced and reliable observer.

    Kokoda, New Guinea.

    C/U of newsreel cameraman Damien Parer seated before camera, relating his adventures on the Island of Kokoda in New Guinea. He tells how eight days ago he was with the advance troops in the jungle, facing the Japs at Kokoda. He talks of how highly trained, brave and disciplined the Japanese soldier is, although he is now up against some of the finest and toughest troops in the world.

    C/U of a map showing New Guinea and surrounding islands. Aerial views flying over dense jungle. Dakota aircraft drop supplies near front line troops. Cutaways to locals looking up. M/S of Australian troops opening the supplies and eating around an open fire at their front line camp.

    Various shots of Australian troops on patrol in the jungle. Brief shot of Parer filming with a cine camera. The troops open up on a Japanese-occupied village and blow up huts. The patrol return to base camp. Fuzzy-haired local men carry wounded troops back down the lines through mud, rivers and torrential rain. They pass a Salvation Army sign deep in the jungle.

    C/U of Damien Parer superimposed over this footage as he talks saying "If only everybody at home would realise that this country is in peril, that the Japanese are a well-equipped and dangerous enemy, we might forget the trivial things and go ahead with the job of licking them".

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:22:00 / 01:07:39:00

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