Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Exploration

It's getting nearer to vacation time and people are setter their sights to favorite places like Myrtle Beach, California, Utah and Maine. I'm still planning my trip to the UK too, but that obviously has been put on hold for a while.
The one thing I'd really like to do someday is explore all the tiny islands in the Pacific that were key to Macarthur's "Island Hopping" scheme to win back the ocean from Japanese control.
Walking along the same jungle tracks as the Aussie Diggers, Merrill's Marauder's and the US Marines.
Coming across the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter like the one pictured here.
Or seeing the rusted, long abandoned gun implacements. standing a ghostly guard against and invasion from the sea long past...
Or bunkers like the ones pictured below on the island of Leyte in the Philippines...


Another Japanese Zero in the jungle of Papua New Guinea... Well, it would be enormously expensive, a once in a lifetime trip. But It's one that someday I'd like to make.
Walking in history. That's what I call it.
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden

5 comments:

Leazwell said...

Being a history teacher I know exactly what you mean. Although I like the WWII era I never could get excited about the Pacific Theatre although I am fascinated by prisoner of war stories. Despite its skewed view of history, I find the movie "Bridge On the River Kwai" engaging.

Lisa said...

Cool idea!

Keshi said...

I've been to Papua New Guinea twice...but never visited those historic places. Btw it's a BEAUTIFUL country!

Keshi.

Crazy Me said...

How great would that trip be?! I hope you get to experience it sometime.

tsduff said...

Those pictures are quite thought provoking. Sort of bitter sweet.