At Kokoda, Darley’s 39th Battalion were the first Australians to fight the Japanese invaders on home territory
As a home guard, the 39th Battalion were considered a bunch of duffers – essentially held in equivalent low esteem to that bestowed on the members of the TV series, Dad’s Army. The Militia, however, were the only troops that Australia had on home soil when the Japanese invaded New Guinea in mid-1942 during the Second World War. Sixty thousand of the nation’s finest soldiers were a long way off by troopship fighting the Germans in Europe and Africa.
- Paul Ham, Kokoda, HarperCollins (2004).
- Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society Inc. re Darley Camp – Bacchus Marsh Express newspaper.
- Australian Kokoda Tours website.