In the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched an attack on the Philippines to eliminate the United States' other major Pacific naval base. Catching the US forces completely by surprise, the Japanese bombed the major airfields and quickly gained air supremacy. They followed with a full-scale invasion that quickly rolled up US-Filipino opposition and captured Manila. Meanwhile US forces, under the leadership of the Douglas MacArthur, created a series of defensive lines to try and stop the Japanese advance. Despite their efforts, they were continually pushed back until they held nothing more than the small island of Corregidor. With doom hanging over the US-Filipino forces, Douglas MacArthur was ordered to fly to safety in Australia, vowing to return. Nearly five months after the invasion began, the US-Filipino forces surrendered, and were led off on the 'Bataan Death March'. This book covers the full campaign from the planning through to the execution, looking at the various battles and strategies that were employed by both sides in the battle for the Philippines.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 248 x 184 x 8 mm
"This powerful focus allows for an in-depth coverage of all events during the Philippines campaign." --James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review (August 2012)
..".a great account dealing with the capitulation of the Philippine Islands in early 1942 ... As with every Osprey book, [The Fall of the Philippines] comes complete with exceptionally detailed maps and excellent illustrations and photographs -- a great book, especially for those just starting to learn about World War II." --WWII History Magazine (September 2012)