"ENGINEER'S REPORT ON CORREGIDOR"
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Earl McFarland
Asst. Engineer
 

 

 

 

 

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REPORT BY THE ENGINEERS, XI CORPS ON
FORTIFICATIONS, MINES, BOOBY TRAPS, AND DEMOLITIONS
ON
CORREGIDOR

 

SECTION I - GENERAL:

The information in this report was obtained from the officers of Company "C", 161st Engineer Prcht Bn., Company "B", 113th Engineer Combat Bn., and from the operations report of the 3rd Platoon, Company "C", 3rd Engineers, and from a personal inspection of the island itself.

As this report was compiled from Engineer sources, it will undoubtedly differ in some respects from those of other branches and services.

The major differences will be concerning the effect of the Naval and Air bombardments, both pre-landing and those in direct support of ground operations.

It was again demonstrated here that it is the Infantry that fights the final and decisive battle, and that all other arms and services merely lighten this task.

 

SECTION II - MINES AND B00BY TRAPS:

1. Booby Traps:

a. Reports indicate that only three (3) possible booby traps were employed by the enemy.

(1) A light machine gun near the shoulder of a road had a string tied to the barrel with a pull friction igniter in a box of picric acid. The enemy made no effort to conceal the trap. The entire installation being visible and out in the open.

(2) Two infantrymen-making entry into a cave met with an explosion. One was killed, the other seriously wounded. A statement was made by the wounded soldier that there was a booby trap in the entrance. No other information is available.

(3) While exploding a mine field of small AB mines, one of the mines made a crater approximately six (6) feet deep. All other mines in this field that were exploded, made craters about one (1) foot six (6) inches deep. The Engineers that cleared this field believed that the mine was activated.

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Document courtesy of Don Abbott.

 

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