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Nauru Military Museum Photo Archive
Photos by Peter Flahavin 1999

The Nauru Military Museum was built by the Phosphae company to highlight Nauru history. Thanks to Stan Gajda, (former curator) for description of the collection. The Nauru Museum is closed apparently while the locals continue with island-wide land disputes. Its collection was largely donated by Gajda, and includes many WWII artifacts, including Japanese rifles, infantry machine guns, bombs and WWII displays.   Other displays include cases with displays of ammunition, bullets and other artifacts, including a Japanese Type 41 (1908) 75 mm mountain gun.

Museum Interior

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   Indoor Displays

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On the other side are the restored radio from the Mavis in Makin and its power supply (didn't show you a pic of that) some photos

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(center) two Jap 13mm machine guns from Nauru, a 20mm Zero gun barrel
(lower) Shells and the mining equipment.

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Lewis 7.7mm MG from the Mavis shot down at Makin by Carlsons Raiders in August 1942.

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(top) Japanese Ceramics
(bottom) l-r belted ammunition, Nambu Pistol, mess tins, Imperial Navy Seal
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(selves) assorted relics
(bottom) canteen, mess kit, headset

G4M1 Betty Wreckage
The Betty wreckage is off the one that was got chopped up in 1970.

F6F Wildcat Wreckage
There are also parts from Ensign Smith's F6F Hellcat from the Bunker Hill that was shot down on 8th December 1943. These parts were put on display because of excellent original paint on them, there is also a piece of one of the propeller blades.

There is a 65kg Japanese defused bomb and 25mm magazines and a tail unit of a 250kg Jap bomb that we blown up after the war. Also, a complete 127mm round with fuze off the AA guns on Command Ridge and a complete 150mm round off one of the coastal guns.

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