James Zobel has a unique presentation style ("History in the vernacular") which not only expresses, but communicates his love and mastery of topic. One evening, we had a great beer talk about one of my pet theories, that MacArthur was the most lied to US General of WWII. He touches on why it can be argued at 27:30 - the three messages. MacArthur is not in a position where he cannot, either privately or publicly disbelieve the statements of support for the defense of the Philippines being made by Washington, and he has no alternative but to pass along Washington's promise. YouTube might be a wasteland of politics but it's a trove of historic treasures, and Jim Zobel's presentation is one of the best.
P.S. As for Jim's comment that swearing dulled MacArthur's eloquence, yes, true in the main, though the exception does prove the rule - My father overheard (from an adjoining office) MacArthur chewing out Sutherland in Tacloban, and commented that MacArthur was capable of cussing along with the best of them. MacArthur was eloquent in cussing as well, he just never had the opportunity until he caught Sutherland out. It shocked my dad, who I cannot recall swearing ever.
Artem: I use to work in that shipyard. Heard of D. Cleland through my uncles who were previous generations that worked there. Saw a photo or two of D.Cleland in the shipyard library. If my memory is correct I saw his grave out in the city's protestant cemetery.
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faulkvi2: Hi! My name is Vickie. I am here to learn more about the Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor and to honor the life of my Uncle, Pvt Eugene Mott, who has not been returned to us after his death on the Oryoku Maru.
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