Free West Papua : World War II relics were found scattered in the Papua Forest



Tambrauw - The results of research from the Papua Archeology Center team stated that many relics of World War II in a number of places in Tambrauw Regency, West Papua Province.
Sri Chiirulia Sukandar said, there were still many objects such as tanks and plates or steel mats for relics from World War II.
"It's just that these World War II relics have been rusty and overgrown or crawled by grass," he said in Jayapura City, Papua, Sunday (10/28).
The findings of the research team from the Archaeological Center in April 2017 found a number of tank war vehicles from the Landing Vehicle Track (LVT) type in Nombrak Village, Bikar District, Tambrauw Regency. These tanks are in the forest with severe conditions damaged and overgrown with bushes.
"There are approximately 10 tanks in the forest," he said.
According to him, the tanks are commonly called "Amtrac" by the United States or American Tractor allied forces. "This type of LVT is the best during the Pacific War," he said.
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Not only were tank wrecks discovered by the research team, allied airfields were also found in Middleburg Island, which is located north of Werur Village.
"North of Kampung Werur there are two islands namely Amsterdam and Middleburg Islands. These two islands are also considered strategic for the frog jumping strategy or General Douglas Mac Arthur style leap frogging in Papua during World War II, "he said.
United States allied forces, he said, landed in Hollandia or now Jayapura, then jumped to Wakde Island, Biak, Mapia Islands, Saosapor, Middleburg to the Philippines. "On Middleburg Island, there is a former airfield built by allies with a length of 3 KM and a width of 500 meters. "Currently it is no longer used and the condition is now overgrown with shrubs, although in some parts there are still traces of the runway," he said.
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This airfield, said Sri, was built by the American allied army in August 1944 with a length of 3 KM and a width of 500 meters. Currently it is no longer used and its condition is now overgrown with shrubs although in some parts there are still marks on the runway.
This runway is also able to land the B-24 aircraft successfully on the island. In the field there is also a whole steel plate which is estimated to have underneath a water channel.
"Runways on Middleburg Island are also built strong enough to land allied fighter planes. This is evidenced by the findings of steel plates or mats that are used as inner layers on runways or runways, bullets, used aluminum beverage bottles and others, "he said.

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