The Battle of Bataan: A Complete History, 2d ed.


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The book explains new facts on the Battle of Bataan. Also went into more details on parts of the battle.

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I would recommend this book to anyone. This book is really a straight account of the battle. It recants things like a football coach at half time going over the plays from the first half on the chalk board. You get a basic run down of what happened but it misses a few things. The book does have some facts and details that are probably not found in to many other books. One example is how he talks about the logistical details of the army. There were a few blockade runners which got through.

Good accounts of history events need to have more. The book lacks a vivid description of the personalities of the battle.

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You miss the passion and pain of the event too. I think the reader learns more by such details. This story needs that. It is a sad story that unfortunately to many people forget. This is a pretty simplistic account of an important point in American History.

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He did not regard the situation as serious enough to warrant a change in his plan to oppose the main attack, when it came, with an all-out defense at the beaches. The MacArthur Plan, then, remained in effect. This was General Homma's landing force, and included 85 troop transports, two battleships, six cruisers, and two dozen destroyers. The convoy was engaged by three submarines: In all, just two troop ships were sunk before Japanese destroyers chased the submarines away.

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General MacArthur intended to move his men with their equipment and supplies in good order to their defensive positions. He charged the North Luzon Force under Maj. George Parker , which proceeded quickly and in remarkably good order, given the chaotic situation.

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To achieve this, Wainwright deployed his forces in a series of five defensive lines outlined in WPO The defenders failed to hold the beaches. By the end of the day, the Japanese had secured most of their objectives and were in position to emerge onto the central plain. At this point the action of the American artillery stalled the Japanese attack. However, Japanese planes and tanks entering the action routed the Filipino infantry, leaving the artillery uncovered.

It was now evident to General Wainwright that he could no longer hold back the Japanese advance.

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Late on the afternoon of the 23rd, Wainwright telephoned General MacArthur's headquarters in Manila and informed him that any further defense of the Lingayen beaches was "impracticable. Having made his decision to withdraw to Bataan, MacArthur notified all force commanders on the night of 23 December that "WPO-3 is in effect. On the 26th Manila was officially declared an open city and MacArthur's proclamation was published in the newspapers and broadcast over the radio.

The Japanese were not notified officially of the proclamation but learned of it through radio broadcasts. The next day, and thereafter, they bombed the port area, from which supplies were being shipped to Bataan and Corregidor. After General Douglas MacArthur had withdrawn his army down the island of Luzon's central plain into the Bataan Peninsula , one last line existed before the Japanese invaders reached the main line of resistance.

The Americans attempted to slow the Japanese entry into Bataan by fighting a delaying action at Layac, thus gaining time and deceiving the enemy as to the location of the main defensive positions. From 1 to 5 January , as the entire USAFFE converged from south and north, delaying actions were fought to allow the struggling withdrawal to Bataan.

The fiercest fighting occurred at the hastily emplaced Porac-Guagua Line, where the 11th and 21st divisions, respectively led by Brigadier Generals William E. Pierce in reserve, held the line, mostly on open and unprepared ground, against massive aerial and artillery bombardment, strong tank assaults, and infantry banzai attacks by the Takahashi and Tanaka detachments. Both sides suffered heavy casualties.

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Overlooked in this report are the actions of the 23rd Infantry Regiment of the PA, led by senior instructor Col. The 23rd Regiment established the defensive line at Porac-Pampanga on or around 2 January Colonel Mead was later awarded the Silver Star for his actions there.

The 23rd's defense allowed Capinpin's forces to withdraw and establish new defensive positions. It was Capinpin's recount of the fighting that day that was offered as support for Mead's citation. War Plan Orange 3 called for two defensive lines across Bataan. The first extended across the peninsula from Mauban in the west to Mabatang, Abucay in the east. General Wainwright, commanding the newly organised I Philippine Corps of 22, troops, held the western sector. General Parker and the new II Philippine Corps, which included the Philippine Army's 11th, 21st, 41st , and 51st divisions and the 57th Infantry PS , and numbered 25, men, defended the eastern sector.

All of the divisions, already under strength at the onset of war, had suffered serious combat losses, particularly to desertions. The commanders anchored their lines on the mountain, but, since they considered the rugged terrain impassable, they did not extend their forces far up its slopes. The two corps were therefore not in direct contact with each other, leaving a serious gap in the defense line.

Clark's 57th Infantry PS. On 12 January, amid fierce fighting, 2nd Lieutenant Alexander R. Nininger , a platoon leader in the 57th Infantry, sacrificed his life when, armed with only a rifle and hand grenades , he forced his way into enemy foxholes during hand-to-hand combat , permitting his unit to retake Abucay Hacienda; for his actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Another extreme act of bravery was put forth by a Filipino named Narcisco Ortilano. He shot dozens of the Japanese with his machine gun, then pulled out his Colt. Then, when one Japanese soldier stabbed at him with a bayonet, he desperately tried to grab the gun, got his thumb cut off, but still held on, and then with a sudden burst of adrenaline he turned the gun on the enemy soldier and stabbed him in the chest.

When another Japanese soldier swung a bayonet at him, he turned his rifle on the soldier and shot him dead. Narcisco received the Distinguished Service Cross. Jones , respectively, aided by the 43rd and Colonel Wallace A Mead's 23rd Infantry, stubbornly refused the Japanese their left flank. The Japanese advanced to the Salian River Valley through a gap made by the 51st Infantry's withdrawal.

But a patrol discovered the infiltration, and units of the 21st Division rushed to the valley and repulsed the attackers after a savage encounter. At another engagement farther to the west, a Japanese force surprised and routed the 53rd Infantry of Colonel John R. Rodman's 92nd Infantry at the Bani-Guirol Forest area.

Doyle, partially restored the abandoned line of the 51st Division. On 15 January, the reinforced 1st Regular Division of Brigadier General Fidel Segundo, defending the Morong sector, came under heavy bombardment, but held the line. The Japanese penetrated through a huge gap in the Silangan-Natib area and established a roadblock on Mauban Ridge, threatening to cut off the division's rear.

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Repeated attacks by the 91st Division and 71st Division, and 92nd Infantry failed to dislodge the Japanese. The attackers' nightly raids and infiltration tactics became more frequent.

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Within four days, the Orion-Bagac Line was formed. But the defenders had yet to complete their withdrawal to the reserve battle position when the Japanese struck again, through a gap held by I Corps. General Bluemel hastily organized a defense along Trail Two, consisting of 32nd Infantry, 41st Infantry and 51st Division reinforcements, in time to stop a major offensive and plug the gap. From 23 January to 17 February, coordinated action by the defenders to eliminate these salients of resistance became known as the "Battle of the pockets ".

Fierce fighting marked the action. Santos , of the 1st Regular Division, outmaneuvered the enemy during their attempt to pocket the area. In both attempts, his unit successfully broke through the Gogo-Cotar and Tuol pockets, thus earning for himself the moniker "hero of the pockets".

For his successes, he was promoted to major in the field. Major Santos was then given the hazardous mission of closing the gaps and annihilating the enemy troops who had infiltrated the lines, as the gap posed a serious threat to the positions and the security of the division.