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Just offshore one of Tuvalu's beaches, a piece of machinery has stood against the waves for more than 70 years. It is a piece of machinery left by American forces during their stationing on Tuvalu during World War 2. The island nation was a key position in the Pacific theatre and was home to some 6000 American troops who launched aerial raids against Japanese forces further north. Now, the rusting remains of equipment can occasionally be found on the islands, still standing where they were left seven deacdes previous. Vakai Tui, 24, stands near one of these pieces of equipment near a beach on the main island of Fongafale Funafuti, Tuvalu. March, 2019.


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