Pacific War Memorial Museum "Weapons of War" - Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108

Welcome back to the second part of our visit to the museum in Corregidor island in the Philippines. Last time I shared with you relics from the time of war and including the first American flag that was raised on the island. Today I will share with you the weapons that were used during the time of struggle and liberation of the island. Walk with me today as I take you to another historic walk back thru time.

Pacific War Memorial Museum "Weapons of War"

You can follow our progress on the island on the links below.

Part 1 Voyage to the Island of Corregidor

Part 2 Exploring the Island of Corregidor

Part 3 The Ruins of Middleside Barracks

Part 4 The Last Stand of Battery Way

Part 5 The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn

Part 6 The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor

Part 7 The Mile Long Barracks

Part 8 Pacific War Memorial Museum


As shared previously, you will see a map of the entire island upon entrance to the museum.

Also at the entrance is this 57 mm anti tank gun. There were no mentions about tanks brought by the Japanese during invasion. This was probably were used on smaller targets which might have been very effective.

The M1 mortar 81 mm was used by the Americans during WW2 up until 1950s.

This weapon looks like a small anti aircraft gun. There were no descriptions on it to identify this gun. Just by looking at it, I could say that it could hold it's position. If you notice that large magazine that can hold a lot of rounds.

More machine guns on display which are well preserved. Judging from the appearance it could still function, but the last shots were fired during the liberation. Now they are on display as a reminder of the retaking on the island from the Japanese.

The M2 60mm mortar was used by the Americans throughout WW2. It was continued to be a support weapon during the Korean War and early Vietnam War.

The M1917A1 Browning machine gun was also used during WW2. Its earlier version the M1917 was used during the first world war. It was also used during the Korean war and it has been said that the American soldiers urinated on the gun when water cooling failed because of the winter temperature.

The M1919 Browning .30 caliber air cooled machine gun was used as the standard machine gun during the war. Was also in service during the Vietnam war until 1990's. It is known that other countries still use this machine gun.

On display are photos of aircrafts from USA and Japan during 1941 up to 1945.

A painting called "Breakout from Corregidor," which was during the escape of General Douglas MacArthur from the island.

Another painting called "The End of a Fighting Ship" which was the first US naval ship to be sunk by the Japanese by a Kamikaze fighter pilot. The ship U.S.S. St. Louis was abandoned by its crew as its own ammunition was blowing the ship apart.

An old photo in 1904 during battery target practice.

Enclosed in a glass casing are models of American war ships also used in the campaign.

The B-25 Mitchell used by the Allied forces throughout WW2. A medium bomber introduced in 1941 and continued service up to four more decades.

The B-26 Marauder is another American medium bomber plane. It was also known to be called the widow maker due to the high accident rate at takeoffs and landing. It was later made safer by re-training the aircraft crew and modifications on the plane.

The P-40 Warhawk is an American single engine attack fighter plane. An American Volunteer group known as the Flying Tigers were recruited by the Chinese Air Force in defense of China against the Japanese. The recorded kills of the Flying Tigers were 297 enemy planes and only lost 4 of its own.

The B-24 Liberator is a heavy bomber as is known to be the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a routine. With more than 18,500 units produced it holds the record of the world's most produced bomber. It was heavily used in WW2 in bombing operations in the Pacific.

Here are some other Japanese war artifacts that were recovered on the island.

There is also a mosaic which shows all the major events and campaigns during the war in the Pacific.

A large glass cabinet displays antique guns from the Americans and the Japanese.

This is an M3 which is a .45 caliber submachine gun also known as the "Grease Gun". It is said that the gun jams easily and is inaccurate. It is a gun that has been mass produced during this war.


A Philippine manufactured gun made from scrap metal. Some are poorly made and is very dangerous to use. During these times they had to make something to fight the enemy. Today these guns are still manufactured underground and produced illegally.

Also on display are old photos from the holocaust of war in the Philippines.


The famous photo of the return of General Douglas MacArthur to liberate the Philippines. Fulfilling his promise to return and with a speech of his return.

To the Philippine People. I have returned.

By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil,

soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples.

We have come, dedicated and committed,

to the task of destroying every vestige of enemy control over your daily lives,

and of restoring, upon a foundation of indestructible, strength, the liberties of your people.

- General Douglas MacArthur

On September 3 1945 the Instrument of Surrender was signed by General Tomoyuki Yamashita and Vice Admiral Denchi Okochi. The signing took place at Camp John Hay in the mountain province of Baguio. The surrender covered all of their control of the Philippine Islands. The surrender was accepted by Major General Edmond Leavey who is the Deputy Commander of US armed forces in the Western Pacific.

This ended the struggle of the war in the Pacific. Lives from two nations have been given to fight for what is right and defend the freedom of our nation.

Thank you for joining me on the second part of the tour in the war museum. Please do leave some comments and let me know what you think about the tour. Any thoughts about the artifacts please do let me know as I would love to hear from you.

Until then enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope that one day there will be no more wars.


M1 mortar

M2 mortar



B-25 Mitchell

B-26 Marauder

P-40 Warhawk

B-24 Liberator
To the Philippine People: I have returned

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Your post are really amusing and fun to read. I didn't know that the signing took place here hahaha. Thanks for filling me in with Philippines history. Have a great week sir

Hey bro how are you? Are you getting convinced to visit the island lol. It was in Camp John Hay where the signing of the surrender took place and I also didn't know that until I saw the document lol. Almost halfway thru the week and I'm barely crawling lol. You have a great week too!

Some antique show case here. I think even some American museums will like to have them.

Some of the antiques were donated by Americans. I guess they felt it's best to have them here where it all happened. Thanks @ace108

Or maybe just thrash to them at that time they didn't want it. You're welcome

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Man this stuff fascinated me. Brings me back to a time when things were much different and progressing quickly by necessity for survival.

Those P-40s sure did have a great campaign.

What a post full of insight and information!!

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Aww you like the flying Tigers. I could say that they are one hell of a group of pilots. I wish someone would make a movie out of it that would be awesome.

Your museum and photos show well and in great detail the weapons used in the war and the cooperation between the US and the Philippines. However, I cannot think of war on a beautiful Sunday.

Hey thanks for swooping by. Yes I guess you are right war is not appropriate for a Sunday. But just think of it as a quiet stroll at the museum in a Sunday morning.

Of course, it was a quiet stroll in a museum. I wanted to say that I had some anxiety about thinking about war.


Excellent post! I will definitely go back and look at your earlier posts in this series.


Hey thank you very much for dropping by. It pleases me that you found it interesting. Yes please do check out the earlier parts as it will take you on a tour on the island.

Thank you for the tour! Those artifacts are rather awe-inspiring to look at and imagine what those soldiers must have been going through. Just nasty stuff.

Yea it was pretty intense during that time. A lot of people suffered but the war was won. What kind of world will we have today if good men did nothing.

woah this is some nice display here.

I'm glad you liked the museum.

This was an incredible display of arms and artifacts at this museum! The widow-maker was especially significant as my grandfather was on that one and another plane. He said they hated them although the young guys thought they were pretty awesome.

Such a history together, the US and the Philipines.

Amazing to see it displayed and played out again and again.

Stellar post and it should be Curied in my opinion.

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Wow that is amazing knowing that your grandfather was on one those planes. He must have so much stories to tell during that time. He would have loved to see this place. Thank you very much Denise curied or not I am glad that you liked it's what counts lol. Thanks for the tip!

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I confess that I don't like war stories. However, as wars have existed we must learn from them. Possibly a museum is the best place. You have to look beyond weapons, war strategies or destroyed cities. You have to talk to the civilian population! how he lived the war or how he survived it. Civilians are the true heroes of peace. Thank you for this very complete publication of the Pacific War Memorial Museum. When it is known it is learned and when it is learned there should never be a war. Greetings @watersnake101

Hello there. How are you? True that war is really hard to discuss but it is a part of history and cannot be erased. No one likes wars and sad to say that in some countries there are still wars going on including our country. Some still do not learn from the past and move on to a better future. You are correct that civilians are heroes too as they are the ones who suffers the most during a conflict. My grandpa and grandma lived thru WW2 and I understand the hardships that they faced. From scavenging food, walking miles just to bring home rice and coconuts, scrubbing charcoal on the faces of their daughters just so the Japanese wouldn't take them. I have heard stories and some are very hard to tell. We do not have a perfect world and we could only wish and hope for that one day people would learn from their mistakes. Best we could do is teach our children and the next generation about the scars of history. Learning from it and as you mentioned

When it is known it is learned and when it is learned there should never be a war.

Thank you very much for your comment. I appreciate it and have a great week.

That museum has a really good collection compared with many I've been too.

Oh I'm glad I was able to share with you. Do visit the island if ever you visit our country.

I've already been to Manila twice in the past year. Maybe I'll wait a bit until visiting again, but it won't be too long since I like vacationing near there.

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The past couple of weeks have been a bit hectic in my household, so I missed your last Beautiful Sunday post - I need to get caught up! I'm also planning to show this post to my hubby - my late father was in the Navy during WW2, and had shared a few war stories with him (but, no big surprise, not with me as he didn't like discussing that topic with his daughter), so this will be an interesting, if sobering, post to read together. Thanks again for all the time and effort you've put into sharing your amazing trip with us, @watersnake101!

Hey @traciyork, well household is a priority. I hope you got everything sorted out now. Wow your father fought during WW2? Do you think he may have been part of the campaign in the Pacific? I hope you guys liked this episode it's more about weapons and stuff. There are two more parts left in this series and then it's over. I'm beginning to miss the island already.

It must have been very interesting for you

It was interesting and even the kid were fascinated learning about the past.

A great post here my friend!
I only know two of the guns here, the M1919 Browning and the .45 Revolver.
You told the story about the war and the surrender very well here.
I am just glad that they didn't also paint the guns green hahaha.

Hey my friend glad you dropped by. I am relieved they didn't paint the guns green hahahah. Just look at the patina on those old weapons. The cannons and batteries should have the same patina today if they didn't mess around with it. What do you think about the Philippine made gun? They say it had a large chance of blowing up on your hand or back firing. But I guess it was better than nothing.

I think that the Philippines would have used anything to defend themselves with my friend. That hand gun was certainly a disaster and I wonder how many of their own people were maimed, or even killed by it.
But at least they tried and this indicates their fighting spirit!

Thank you for taking us on a tour of the museum. Great photos, very cool 👍👍


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Hey thanks for joining the tour. I hope you liked the antique displays that made an impact in our history.