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Understanding Myth-making in Historical Case Studies Through the Kokoda Campaign, 1942

By Sally Graham May 16, 2019

Click here to download the lesson plan

One of our aims at The Cove #BreakIn is to provide unit and sub unit leaders with some assistance in delivering their Professional Military Education (PME) programs. We know that units are extremely busy balancing a high operational tempo, corporate governance demands, and some occasional, well-deserved downtime. We also know that many people would love to dedicate more time to training and education pursuits, but it takes a lot of effort to prepare sessions when you have a million other priorities to attend to on your never ending 'to do' list.

There are units and individuals across Army that have volunteered a number of their basic lesson plans to The Cove to assist others. By providing these, we aim to reduce the overall preparation time needed for running unit PME sessions - so ideally, you can review the plan quickly, arrange resources if necessary, and then deliver (or delegate the lesson to a subordinate to deliver as a development opportunity) the lesson in a reduced time frame than if you were coming up with all the ideas from scratch by yourself.  They are designed to generate discussion and debate within your sub-units or messes, not provide a set of 'answers'.

This lesson plan comes courtesy of Sally Graham who has generously shared several lessons she developed for her team. The lesson acknowledges that 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Trail Campaign and suggest that the public popularity of Gallipoli and Kokoda in particular, contribute to "the ANZAC mythology that exists around the Australian Army." The lesson is focused on conducting a number of readings, then facilitating a group discussion.

Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, The Cove is unable to directly give you copies of some references.  Additional resources are available from the Defence Library Service, so you can send them an email (email: askalibrarian [at] and they will arrange to send you material that you can use for your session. If you have unit-based PME lessons that you think will benefit others and you would like to share them on The Cove, please contact us at soldiercove [at]



Sally Graham

Sally Graham is a Major in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. She has sixteen years worth of experience serving in a variety of different corps and non-corps postings throughout her career.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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