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Nauru - Phosphate-Producing Island

Nauru - Phosphate-Producing Island Geography History Tragedies and Triumphs World War II Education

Nauru - an island in the South Pacific - was held by the Japanese, during World War II.  It was an especially prized possession for its vast amounts of phosphates.  Japan used those natural resources for producing fertilizers and explosives.

Wanting to cripple the island's phosphate-mining production, the Allies bombed Nauru in 1943.  Louis Zamperini, and his crew mates, flew their B-24 (called "Super Man") to Nauru as part of that mission.

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Image of Nauru, by air, online courtesy U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program.

 

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