We shall remember them! 🙏 The Kokoda trail has become a pilgrimage for many Australians, taking trekkers on a journey through dense jungle that Australian & Japanese troops walked & fought on during the early days of World War 2.
To think what condition the feet of Australian troops would have been in along this track back then is mind boggling!
Leather boots 🥾🥾 , shoelaces & socks would rot & disintegrate as a result of the unrelenting jungle 🌴🌴 conditions & footwear could remain on feet up to 2 weeks at a time! To provide somewhat of a small relief troops would often cut up the sleeves of woollen jumpers to be worn as socks 🧦 …little relief to the despair of many feet stripped of their skin! Imagine!
(Private Bert Escreet taking a break on the track near Mubo, New Guinea, August 1943. Photo by Gordon Short)