in history and deadly beauty, Rabaul's history spans from its German colonial
period, WWI, occupation by the Japanese during WWII and netralization by Allied
air power. Contemporary history includes the 1994 eruption that wiped out the
Museums & Memorials
There are several monuments to Rabaul's
history, including the Kokopo War Museum, Vocano Observatory, Bitapaka Allied
War Cemetery - with the graves of POW, Allied airmen and even WWI casualties.
Finally, travel to the Japanese War Memorial.
Anti-Aircraft & Search Light Bunker, also
know as the "Yamamoto Bunker", Rabaul Communication Bunker that is complete
with a priniting press and news reels. Next, travel to Command Post Bunker located
on Coastwatcher's Hill.
Before visiting Rabaul, I doubted that the written claims that
there were hundreds of kilometers of tunnels built during the war. After a day
of walking some of them, I now fully agree with this figure! With the help of
some local kids, I walked kilometers of these infamous tunnels, including the
barge tunnels and multi-level catacombs Most were dug by POW and slave labor.
We found remnants of thier Japanese occupation.
Visit Tobera, the fighter strip that based
the resilliant Zeros kept flying, long after the base was considered neutralized
in February of 1944. Vunakanau, where RAAF wirraways initially rose to meet overwhelving
Japanese invaders. Finally, Lakunai the airstrip adjacent to the town that was
covered in ash during the 1994 eruption.
Join Peter Leggett and I as we dive on Japanese
wrecks and reefs in the area, including the intact wreck of a FM1 Pete observation
Sad legacy of overwhelming friendly fire
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