Yesterday we visited the Bitapaka War Cemetery outside Kokopo. It is a memorial to the thousand Allied servicemen who were killed in and around Rabaul in World War I, and mainly WWII. Service men from
During the Second World War, there were 97 000 Japanese troops stationed here, thousands of allied POW's, and 800 Japanese and Korean prostitutes. The Japanese planned to make Rabaul their major supply base for their invasion of PNG and then south to Australia. As you can imagine we have many historical sites and relics from this terrible time in our history.
This cemetery is administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is set in beautifully manicured lawns and gardens with huge rain trees flanking the entrance.