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MacArthur in AsiaThe General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea$
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Hirosh Masuda

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449390

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449390.001.0001

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The Fall of Manila and the First Offensive and Defensive Battles, Early January to Early February 1942

The Fall of Manila and the First Offensive and Defensive Battles, Early January to Early February 1942

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(p.51) 4 The Fall of Manila and the First Offensive and Defensive Battles, Early January to Early February 1942
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MacArthur in Asia
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Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449390.003.0004

This chapter first describes the MacArthur group's fortress in Corregidor Island. On December 24, 1941, the group spent Christmas Eve in the Malinta Tunnel, which was to house MacArthur's General Headquarters. On December 29, at 11:45 a.m., the air raid alarm sounded on Corregidor. The Japanese were finally attacking the island, with eighteen midsized bombers and ten dive-bombers: they knew that MacArthur had fled there from Manila. The remainder of the chapter details the Japanese military landing on Luzon; U.S. and Filipino force's tactical withdrawal to the Bataan Peninsula; the fall of Manila and the first Bataan operation; and the hardships of MacArthur's troops.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, Japanese military, Corregidor Island, air roads, Bataan Peninsula, Luzon

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