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.


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:


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:


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


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


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


The Battle of Coronel: Sunday November 1, 1914


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 (here seen through Google Translate)

The Scharnhorst

The German Ships