Topic: Mokau War Memorial Mine, WW II
State Highway 3, Mokau
German mine which washed ashore at Mokau Heads on the 2nd December, 1942, mounted on a concrete base in Mokau township (SHW3)
The mine was probably laid by the German Navy ships Penguin and Passet off south Australia in October/November 1940.
It has been mounted up-side-down.
Plaque on concrete base:
LET THIS GERMAN MINE FOUND
DECEMBER 2ND 1942 REMIND US
IN THE DAYS OF PEACE. WITHOUT
VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH
Plaque donated by
MOKAU PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION
Mokau School 80th Jubilee,1975, p12
Cooke, Peter & Ian Maxwell: Great Guns -TheArtillery Heritage of NZ, 2013
Three mines are known to have washed ashore on Taranaki beaches during the war - at Bell Block on 28 November 1942,
Mokau on 2 December 1942 and Belt Road, 15 February 1943.