The siege of Tobruk and the Kokoda trail events in some places are very different firstly Tobruk was in north Africa (Libya) The German high command wanted to control the Suez Canal to stop Britain receiving supplies so they sent General Erwin Rommel and his Afrika corps to do this. They met allied resistance at Tobruk the defenders were 15000 Australians, polish, Indian and British forces defended Tobruk then From 11th April to 10th of December 1941 until British reinforcement forces the Germans to give up. The Kokoda trail is in Papua New Guinea and it's events are as follows: In 1942 the Japanese had swept across the pacific a tide of conquest that carried them to the north coast of new guinea what they found there was Australia's new guinea force a comparative handful of raw troops, mainly boys in their teens, unskilled in jungle warfare. Outnumbered, outgunned and poorly supplied mar obra force put up a desperate fight, they were forced to withdraw village by village, ridge by ridge and creek by creek back to Iorribaiwa there the Japanese turned away. So now you know the basic story line of the events that go on the differences will be easier to understand Firstly Tobruk being in North Africa The climate was Hot and dry and the land around them was basically desert The labor of fighting was enlarged by difficult climate conditions, hot sandy storms called "hams in", the lack of water and only conserved very salty food. The long stay in these conditions on the desert and rocky hills was very exhausting for all soldiers who felt themselves abandoned there.
Then the Kokoda track being in Papa new Guinea in the jungle the conditions horrific to men untrained in jungle warfare. As well as the steepness of the track the young soldiers had to contend with rainforests dripping with moss and leeches as well as mosquito-infested swamps. Large numbers of men contracted malaria. Despite being in the tropics they were continually wet and cold in the incessant rain and high altitudes. Their equipment, with 27 kilogram packs, heavy boots and khaki summer uniforms, was unsuitable for the conditions. Indeed the khaki allowed them to be seen against the green of the jungle.
Camouflage and jungle-green uniforms arrived later in the campaign. In his Recollections of a Regimental Medical Officer, Major H.D. Steward wrote, "it seemed strange that the Army had not provided us with 'Jungle Greens'. The Japanese had already shown in Malaya and the Pacific their mastery of camouflage, yet we were in khaki shirts and shorts" The fighting conditions were also extremely different from each other in the Siege of Tobruk The battle against the Germans was mainly using Big tanks, machine guns, anti tank guns and a lot of long distance things to fire at each other where as at the Kokoda track.