Yamamoto's Raskols by bobfoto

Yamamoto's Raskols

Just behind me is a large concrete subterranean building. The steps lead you into a narrow corridor which mazes around and leads you up a flight of tiny stairs. At the top is a small room and on the roof is a map of the Pacific with Rabaul at the centre and Japan noted way off to the north west. Guadalcanal and Guam and Singapore all get a mention. The map was painted on the roof of this tiny concrete room originally back around 1942, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto used this bunker as a place of refuge whenever the Allied forces would come to bomb Rabaul and Simpson Harbour. He died the next year down at Buin at the very bottom of Bougainville. Rabaul was never re-captured by the Allies, perhaps Isoroku should have stayed put?

Leaving the bunker one fine afternoon as Tavurvur the angry volcano dusted the town once again with fine grey ash, some local boys came running towards me with what at first appeared to be rifles. It took a keen eye to see what was in reality, toy guns made from wood, but at first my heart did skip a beat.

We had a chat and these junior raskols then happily posed for a photo carrying their home-made weapons.

Photo taken 6 October 2008 in old Rabaul town, East New Britain Province.

My 1201 photo for this project.
Great shot. Thanks for all the info. I can imagine for a split second you were a bit panicky seeing what you thought were weapons.
April 21st, 2014  
Oh! They are fantastic!!!
April 21st, 2014  
What a nice big grin there in the background! :D
April 21st, 2014  
Definitely rascals! What a grin!
April 21st, 2014  
Raskols, indeed! Great shot!
April 21st, 2014  
Love that cheeky grin.
April 21st, 2014  
handsome gleeful rascals they are. (snort! and damn people were looking for yamamoto in the jungles of luzon, apparently with a hoard of treasures he looted from the local tribes. rubbish things they made us believe, even in school. ) s always, kiddo, great shot!
April 21st, 2014  
@chris17 - I was a little unsure at first.

@swilde - I like the expression on the guy sitting down.

@agentzuckerguss @maggiemae @kjarn - Great grin indeed!

@juliedduncan - Thanks Julie :)

@summerfield - Thanks Summerfield and yeah they did think Yamamoto went missing in Luzon.
April 21st, 2014  
makes for an interesting set up
April 21st, 2014  
amazing capture of life in png ;) great story to. creative boys. ;)
April 21st, 2014  
I would probably have been a bit cautious too!! You can see the devilment in those expressions!!! It is almost as if they are saying, " we got ya!". (;
April 21st, 2014  
Love the cheesy grin on the lad behind!!
April 21st, 2014  
I love the narratives you add to your photos, they really add to the wonderful scenes and people you photograph, intriguing me even more. Thank you very much for sharing these.
April 21st, 2014  
@houdiniem - which is one reason why I always have a camera handy.

@snowflakes86 - boys will be boys and they will always like to play with guns!

@grammyn - I think you are spot on Katy!

@carolmw - great grin indeed!

@bernicrumb - you're welcome Berni.
April 21st, 2014  
Boys will be boys. They aren't so different than the way we used to play as kids. You caught their spirit. I appreciate your history lesson.
April 22nd, 2014  
@rvwalker - Thanks Ross. Do you think they will one day grow into their feet?
April 22nd, 2014  
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