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05 Apr 2012 description

In 1944, one of World War II’s fiercest Pacific battles took place about 800 kilometres east of the Philippines on Peleliu Island in the Republic of Palau.

US records show almost 600 tonnes of bombs were dropped from the air, with another 2200 tonnes of shelling coming from an intense and sustained battleship bombardment.

The war was devastating. More than 13 000 people lost their lives. 67 years later, remnants of the battle continue to take the lives of the innocent people of Palau, with thousands of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) littered across the country.