This title offers the definitive account of the tragic, desperate events on the Kokoda Trail. It is based on scrupulous research and the eyewitness accounts of veterans. It presents the definitive account of Australian soldiers on the Kokoda Trail - a story told through the eyes of those who were there. From July to September 1942, a single poorly-equipped battalion managed to keep a force of 10,000 crack Japanese troops from breaking through the front line. Their dedication, courage and spirit were not destroyed by the tragic cost of their near victory, but by the denigration of their achievement by the High Command. Those Ragged Bloody Heroes is a stirring tale of triumph, tragedy and controversy set in the mud and steaming jungles of the Kokoda Trail and the wasted beaches of Gona.