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Battles Won and Lost: The Kokoda Track Campaign, 1942
The Kokoda Track Campaign, 1942
Season 1  |  Episode 7  |  The History Channel  |  July 1, 2020

Weather and terrain could be a soldier's greatest enemies, or their greatest assets. Such was the case for these battles. For the Finnish resisting Soviet invasion, a smaller force using the home advantage to beat a larger, better equipped invading army. In Moscow, where Germany's attempt to take the city floundered in the face of the harsh Soviet winter. The Kokoda track, where Allied and Japanese forces struggled through the steep, muddy terrain to engage each other for control of Port Moresby. These were battles fought over some of the most difficult landscapes, and in the most treacherous conditions possible.

Weather and terrain could be a soldier's greatest enemies, or their greatest assets. Such was the case for these battles. For the Finnish resisting Soviet invasion, a smaller force using the home advantage to beat a larger, better equipped invading army. In Moscow, where Germany's attempt to take the city floundered in the face of the harsh Soviet winter. The Kokoda track, where Allied and Japanese forces struggled through the steep, muddy terrain to engage each other for control of Port Moresby. These were battles fought over some of the most difficult landscapes, and in the most treacherous conditions possible.

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