WWII Shipwrecks of Kwajalein Lagoon

The photographs on this page were captured from the video of  the same name. This 42 minute video features 13 of the shipwrecks that litter Kwajalein's lagoon floor. Twelve of the wrecks are Japanese, mostly merchant vessels. Japan occupied the Marshall Islands prior to WWII, and Kwajalein was invaded and captured by US forces in 1944. Many ships were sunk in the process. The thirteenth ship, and by far the largest vessel sunk at Kwaj, is the German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen, an escort to the German Battleship Bismarck on her famous breakout into the Atlantic that ended in the sinking of both the Bismarck and the British Battleship Hood. Captured in Europe at the end of WWII, the Eugen was brought to Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, where she was part of the target fleet anchored in Bikini Lagoon during two atomic bomb tests in 1946. Brought to Kwajalein from Bikini after the tests, she developed a leak that ultimately sank her. For more information on this video, email uwkwaj@yahoo.com.

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WWII Shipwrecks of Kwajalein Lagoon video booklet

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