INTRODUCTION

 

Corregidor: Isle of Delusion

by

 

 KAZUMARO UNO,
 
PRESS BUREAU OF THE IMPERIAL JAPANESE ARMY GENERAL HEADQUARTERS IN CHINA.

 

 

I am writing this introduction in Shanghai a few days prior to the sailing of the Conte Verdi, the repatriation ship, scheduled to transport members of the American community to their home in the United States. I felt that I could not leave Shanghai without expressing my appreciation and admiration for Mr. Kazumaro Uno's energy and courage in writing the series of articles in the Shanghai Evening Post describing the fall of Corregidor, the formidable fortress which has stood guard at the entrance of Manila Bay for nearly half a century. Shanghai had a special interest in the subject because of the presence among the defenders of Corregidor of the Fourth Regiment, U.S. Marines, which was formerly stationed for many years at Shanghai. However, the Fourth Marines were only a small portion of the human element in the defense of the formidable stronghold and the adjacent peninsula of Bataan. I refer to Mr. Uno's courage in writing the complete description of the fall of Corregidor because on several occasions he disclosed information about Japanese military movements, and particularly losses, which previously had been kept secret from the standpoint of the war in China. Mr. Uno, who is a member of the Press Bureau of the Japanese Army Head-quarters in China, arrived in Manila and managed to get into Corregidor while the fighting was still in progress and the armistice agreement had not yet been signed. He was not sparing in his admiration of the courage of the American defenders including the American troops, Filipinos, and the Marines. His articles, which appeared originally in the Shanghai Evening Post and are now reprinted in permanent form, will constitute an invaluable record of the memorable battle of the Philippines, a vital phase of the war in the Far East which is still in progress as these lines are written. Hongkong, the British defense port on the South China Seas held out eight days; Singapore collapsed in seven days, Netherlands East Indies was captured without a major battle. Someday the whole story and explanation of the inner phases of the war will be written and in it the story of the defense of Corregidor and the Bataan Peninsula will be included. I believe that Corregidor could have held out longer had it not been for orders from Washington and the inability of General Douglas McArthur to send reinforcements which were urgently necessary. From a military standpoint, Mr. Uno's description of the construction of Corregidor, heretofore a well guarded military secret, and his account of his conversations with officers and men of the U.S. defense forces quoting their personal views on the war will also arouse interest in various quarters.

All in all, Mr. Uno has done an excellent job of reporting and is to be congratulated for his impartiality. His book will be widely read not only by the public but by military experts as well.

An Anonymous American journalist.

Shanghai, China. June 15, 1942.

 

 

 

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Introduction | Author's Note | On to the Front | Gen. Wainwright Surrenders | Prisoners of War | Fort Mills Hospital | Racial Discrimination | Goodbye Corregidor | Lieut.-Comm. F. H. Callahan | Gen. Wainwright's Appeal | Official Communiqués | Santo Tomas Internment Camp |

 
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