I have been familiarizing myself with the Flipping Page program, by creating some articles for the websites. Essentially the program converts adobe.pdf files into an animated digital book which can be read by turning the pages with your mouse. (I must be a simple person, it never ceases to amaze me.) I have decided to share one of the shorter articles which i found down the rabbit hole, and which i feel may be of interest to serious students of our common interest.
In reading this document, be aware that the Japanese officers being interrogated were under no compulsion to tell the truth, if that truth placed the Emperor in a bad light. Not just the Emperor, but the entire Imperial structure. In our Western culture, we swear an oath to God - so one must consider that in those days, the Emperor was God. So lying to protect the Emperor, and themselves, was not a problem.
Many of us would have heard the narrative that the Battle of Manila was due to the troops under the control of Rear Admiral Iwabuchi being being under the control of Gen. Yamashita. Certainly much was made of this later. This document establishes that Iwabuchi's troops were reinforced by about 5,000 Army troops. Yamashita, always in radio contact, was always well aware of the progress of the entire battle.
Should anyone have a map or high-resolution image that they believe would enhance the presentation of this document, by all means send me a jpg of it, as the program allows me to easily insert additional pages in the document.
I noticed that he never actually answered that if Manila was to be declared an open city, why were an additional 5,00 troops assigned as reinforcements to that same area?
As has been postulated before, I believe the city was intentionally defended as a message to all Allied forces that this is what you can expect if you invade the homeland. And it will be amidst a population that will be the opposite of Manila, hostile to Americans, not it's own army.
Steve G: tmayer, my dad passed when I was just 9 years old, so he never really talked in depth to me about his service. My understanding is that he really never did go into detail with anyone about it, as far as I ever heard.
Dec 8, 2020 23:29:05 GMT 8
Steve G: tmayer, dad's decorations: Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/3 bronze battle stars & 1 Bronze Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon w/1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, WWII Victory Medal
Dec 8, 2020 23:34:27 GMT 8
FoCo NoCo Guy: Wild Bill Massello was my HS Calculus teacher '66-'67 in El Paso. Quiet, competent - never talked about his military service.
Jan 4, 2021 10:38:37 GMT 8
BLussier: I am the niece of Pvt. Robert D. Turner 13030357 listed as MIA on Corregidor. Still working with DPAA on Robert’s case. In the first entry on thread you mention a report and give info from Col. (Chaplain) Boerman that references cremating bodies in tunnel
Mar 6, 2021 10:58:01 GMT 8
BLussier: Is it possible to get a copy of that report? DPAA analyst never heard this before. I read the same info in a book. It was reported by a doc in the tunnel. Unfortunately I did not write the book title/ author info so can not use that info as evidence this
Mar 6, 2021 11:02:20 GMT 8
BLussier: is what could have happened to Robert’s body. Thank you! Bobbye (Turner) Lussier
Mar 6, 2021 11:04:28 GMT 8