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Most people picture pristine beaches, eco-tourism or amazing sea creatures when they think of the Solomon Islands.

 But the idyllic chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean is also home to fascinating relics from World War Two and some of the conflict’s most significant battlegrounds. 

 Some of the relics left behind by US and Japanese forces have found their way to a shack in Munda, on the island of New Georgia, where Barney Paulsen has put them on display after finding them in the jungle. 

 Over the past decade Barney’s collection has grown to include hand grenades, ammunition, helmets, machetes, dog tags and personal items such as reading glasses.

Source - Daily Mail UK

At a Roadblock on the Road to Bataan by Don Millsap

The M3 Stuart of SSgt Emil C. Morello charges a Japanese roadblock while reconnoitering enemy positions in the Philippines, December 26, 1941. His tank was eventually disabled, and after playing dead through the night, he and his crew managed to escape through Japanese lines and reach Bataan, earning Morello the Silver Star.

(National Guard)

Colombia’s first and only model of tank to see service, the M3 Stuart, in this case during the clean up operations in Bogota, the country’s capital, that followed the general riots of the 1948 Bogotazo Revolts, the country’s second plunge into a civil war in the XX Century, and the source of the current internal conflict.

Notice how one of the tankers has a german helmet, as the transition from German to American uniforms was going on during this time.

Colombian Army, M3 Stuart light tank turned into a museum piece in Bogota, this was and still is the only model of tank that has ever served in the colombian military, with various frustrated attempts at buying Leo I, AMX-30 and even T-80U tanks.