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next day we took a boat trip from Fatboys to Munda,
a town we had heard much about.
was about an hour away on the southern side of New Georgia.
The day began reasonably but the weather packed up by
the time we got there and the heavens opened.
has a great market and some top diving areas, but today
our mission was to check out a couple of WWII-related
first was an impressive collection of war items at the
Peter Joseph Museum.
after a US soldier whose dogtags were found, the museum
is a fine collection of helmets, shell casings, machine
guns and other war relics.
It is the personal project of Barney Paulsen, who is
not only a collector but a war historian as well.
Not far away from the museum is the graveyard of a number
of US landing craft that were cut in half and then bulldozed
off the beach.
now lie hidden in thick jungle and creepers, their steel
towers recognizable among the greenery.
WWII treasures await us on the way home.
travel up a tidal inlet on the island of Tahitu in a
bid to find an abandoned tank.
mangroves are eerily silent and we get our feet wet
walking from the boat to the rising trail that leads
into the jungle.
We are greeted by Hudson, who owns the land on which
the tank is, and we follow him as he slashes the occasional
protruding vine above the foot track.
we come across the tank it is a beauty.
had been expecting a little Japanese one, but it turns
out to be a Stuart tank. One of the finest early war
models made and one that would have been perfect for
the jungle. Not too big, but with plenty of firepower.