Topic: Mokau War Memorial Mine, WW II

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State Highway 3, Mokau

Mokau MineL

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

Additional Information:

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.

 

 

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