The Guns of Bora Bora (Operation Bobcat)

 

Bora Bora was a logistical center during WWII.

Code named ‘Operation Bobcat’ the wheels were set in motion less than a month after Pearl Harbor.

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The below is the peninsula to the left when facing Viatape  from your anchorage at Bora Bora, in the general vicinity of the ‘Viatape’ lettering on the map above:

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Just to the right from the right-hand tree in the notch you can pick off a picture of the guns with a telephoto lens:

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Having clamored up the slope to the guns, the view from the gun pointing out to the harbor entrance:

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The view from the gun pointing over the old military port:

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This is one of 4 installations on the island. None were ever fired during the war.

The Battle of Coronel: Sunday November 1, 1914

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The above picture is of Graf Spee’s squadron leaving Valparaiso November 3, 1914 following the battle.

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A German postcard of the thick of the battle

Web references for the Battle of Colonel:

Colonel Memorial

kaiserliche-marine.de (here seen through Google Translate)

The Scharnhorst

The German Ships