Battle for Isurava (1942)

THE JIM STILLMAN STORY “We had some hellish fights around Isurava. Everybody thought they might die there, and a lot of guys did. It’s a funny feeling – ‘Am I gunna die? Am I gunna die? Am I gunna die?’ You forgot about that once the fighting got going... Then it was bullets, bullets, bullets.” It was at the battle of Isurava on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea that Jim Stillman remembers one of the most terrifying experiences of his life. “I was in a trench one night with a good bloke, Headley Norman. The sun had just set and it was a bit hard to see. Next thing I knew, a Jap jumped into the trench beside me.” Jim, who describes himself as a ‘left-hand batsman, left-foot kicker and righ

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