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FIELD NOTES

 

 
MISCELLANEOUS TRAVELS
ON CORREGIDOR 1

MISCELLANEOUS TRAVELS
 ON CORREGIDOR - 1

VARIOUS SCENES - PART 1
THEN AND NOW

ENGINEER RAVINE

THEN AND NOW

BATTERY GEARY
AIR RAID SHELTER PART 1

BATTERY GEARY
VINTAGE IMAGES PART 2

BATTERY GEARY
 TODAY - PART 3

GOAL-POST RIDGE

BATTERY RJ-43

NAVY RADIO INTERCEPT TUNNEL ,  FOTS2/110423

TAILSIDE CEMETERIES, TOMBSTONES, FOTS2/110316

MALINTA HILL,
COMPARISON 1977 SLIDES, FOTS2/090820

MALINTA HILL, GUN POSITION LOCATED,  FOTS2/110320

MIDDLESIDE BARRACKS,
EXT & INTERIOR,  FOTS2/101210

NORTH OF KINDLEY FIELD,
WALKING WEST,  FOTS2/101210

TAILSIDE, LT. LAWRENCE'S GUN POSITION, FOTS2/110205

OFFICER'S COUNTRY,
GOLF CLUB & POOL, FOTS2/100329

ROCK POINT,
SEARCHLIGHT NO. 2, FOTS2/091205

SEARCHLIGHT  NO. 2, DAMAGE BY LANDSLIDE  FOTS2/100415

GUN GROUP COMMAND POST, NO. 1, INTERIOR, FOTS2/090823

REVISITING BUNKER'S C-1 TUNNEL, FOTS/100427

DID BATTERY GRUBBS JUMP THEIR TRUNNIONS, TF/100120

INFANTRY TRENCH LINES ON TAILSIDE, FOTS2/090408

MALINTA GASOLINE STORAGE LATERALS FOTS2/090517

BATTERY WAY, PRE-WAR & SPECS, FOTS2/100523-1

BATTERY WAY, INTERIORS, PIT & STATIONS,  FOTS2/100523-2

JAPANESE TWIN 25mm AA GUN, IDENTIFICATION, FOTS2/100121

MARIVELES TUNNEL No 1,
 WELTEKE 110103

BATTERY SUNSET
 FOTS2/110514

 

 

 

 

 

FIELD NOTE:

 

PLACE: CORREGIDOR DATE:

20 AUGUST 2009

LOCALE: TAILSIDE
OBSERVATION: INFANTRY TRENCHES
BY: JOHN MOFFITT
 

REF: FOTS2/090408

   

 

I remember speaking a few years ago to a day tourist while waiting for the boat back to Manila. He had had a good tour and seen everything Corregidor had to offer.

I was like that on my first couple of trips until I started to do some research. Today, after eleven trips my list of places to visit is as long as ever.

Today I took the morning boat to Corregidor so by the time I was ready to walk it was nearly 11am. Since only a half day remained, I wanted to take some current photos of the Tailside trenches for okla that were mentioned in a recent bulletin board thread. The weather is very hot now but I have never had such good visibility on the ground due to baked dead grass.

After walking around Malinta Hill via the south road, I decided to take a short-cut through the jungle heading towards RJ-43. I was walking downhill on the east side of Malinta Hill. Later I was farther south between Malinta Hill and the 92nd Garage area.

 

 

 

After only one minute I came across a concrete structure facing north-south. It is 38 meters long in three connected sections. The downhill side has a prominent gravel mound all along it and there is an old road below, perfect view and position. 

Since this structure reminded me a one I had not seen for years, I walked a little north to the other one. It is above part of the North Shore Road and is a total of 25 meters long. The shape is irregular and the east end is partially destroyed.

Wandering around this area I saw lots of big craters and also a couple of semi-circular elongated shapes in the ground similar to crude defensive positions.

Continuing on I came to the water tank which is above the pump station. This station is beside the road heading to the Malinta Tunnel East entrance. Since I could see quite well through the undergrowth I walked west along the road even though it was not my intended direction. Beside the trail heading down to the 92nd Garage area is a long third structure. This one is slightly curved but roughly similar to the second one. It is 37 meters long. A small portion of one wall has collapsed.

I was ready to turn around when I noticed an old road going south that you would never see if the undergrowth was green and alive. I walked in here a short distance and guess what, a fourth structure. The undergrowth here is thick with those bushes with needles that rip the flesh from your bones. This one is long, 58 meters and almost a ‘J’ shape with much of it along the top of a ridge. The structure runs south and then east. It ends parallel to the coastal cliff between 92nd garage area and Malinta Hill south east corner. It took me almost forty-five minutes to cut my way to the end above the cliff…damn bushes!

There are a couple unusual features here including one fourteen meter section with a roof. There are openings in the wall facing north.

I must admit that exploring this area seemed pointless in the past as I did not think anything of interest would be here. Not so. None of these structures may be new to some of you but I had fun exploring them.

At the time I was guessing these were some of the old 1920s and 30s ‘X-X-X’ positions you see all over the island. I was surprised to find out tonight that I cannot find any of these structures marked on the maps I have.

Now I am thinking they were part of an elaborate drainage system but there is no visible system feeding them plus the first one has the ends blocked. If even simple road crossings are recorded then why not these elaborate structures. Why the roof on top of a ridge? So the rain water does not get wet? ;)

Does anyone know for sure? They would make good defensive positions.

I took GPS waypoints of the ends of all the structures and I will ask Mapmaster to place them on a map we can all see after I get back home. Someday when I have time I will create a post with photos, sketches of each structure and the map. Ignore the poor quality of many photos as it was mid day with harsh light. I am just trying to capture what I saw for you guys.

Today I never made it to even RJ-43. The next two days I have other plans but I will continue to the trenches for okla this trip.

Here are a few coast views you don’t see very often.

I located both trench systems for you okla. If the shape of them is correct on the 1932 map, then the southern trench has quite a chunk of its northern portion missing. The trolley line/road between Malinta Tunnel’s east entrance and the last trolley station seems to cut it off abruptly.

The northern trench is in the shape depicted on the map. One surprise is that it’s most western leg is not concrete but just earth. There is no concrete rubble lying around to indicate it was ever more than earth but after all these years that section is still very clearly a trench.

I cleared away some branches and vines to take better photos. I’ll attach a few soon.

While in the area I went to 92nd Garage looking for a well that is on the old maps. There is a post in the ‘map’ sub-board about this.

Finally I walked down to the beach that is directly south of Malinta Tunnel’s east entrance. Going down I was on the east slope. I later followed a dry brook so as to hit the beach away from the cliffs. Walking was easy until the last 10 meters where the vines, tall grass and bushes looked like a thatched wall. It took me 30 to 40 minutes of cutting to go that last short distance.

The view was fine but heading back up farther west was a disappointment. The vegetation was so thick I did not find any structure I was looking for. I saw no trace of the road above the beach either. Does EXO or Karl know if S.M.S.H No.3 or II-M-I still exists?

On the way back I decided to go up the western slope. I did come across the road going to the east entrance but it was quite overgrown also. I continued straight up and reached the Malinta Hill south road. From there, easy walking back to a cold drink at the Cove Café.

Tomorrow I will go to Middleside to take some photos of the former Officer’s Quarters.

 

 

This map (above) is via Karl Welteke. It shows the location of three of the five structures I came across a few days ago. The top one I knew of before, but did not know what it was. One trench not shown on it is a concrete trench system 38m long in three sections. It is north of the bottom one marked on the map. The second structure (small and mostly concrete ruins) is marked on the 1941 Emergency Defense map as a machine gun position. It is between the bottom one on the map and the missing one I just mentioned.

One comment about the bottom trench on this map. A section of it does go fairly north-south,  but almost two thirds of it continues east along a ridge above the south coast. Part of this portion has a rectangular platform (possible machine gun position) and a 14m roof over part of the trench.

Here are sketches of the four trench systems mentioned above. (NOTE: distance figures are rough, 'paced off' measurements)

TRENCH NO. 1

Trench #1 is unique in that it only has one wall facing east (downhill) towards a potential enemy. It is in three inter-connected sections. Trenches #1 appears to be a post-1932 trench.
 

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TRENCH NO. 2

Trench # 2 appears to be the 1932 mapped trench.

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TRENCH NO. 3

Trench number 3 does not appear to be part of the 1941 defenses.

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TRENCH NO. 4

Trench #4 has a feature which the other trenches do not - a section of it has a rectangular area, possibly for a larger gun or CP, plus an adjacent covered trench. It appears to be a post-1932 trench.

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I cross-referenced eleven April 2009 GPS waypoints, marking each by an 'X' on 1932 Corregidor map. My GPS readings and the original maps concur, somewhat surprisingly.













































The machine gun position just above the present day road to the Malinta Tunnel east entrance. This position is shown on the 1941 Emergency Defense map.

 

 

If someone has no interest in the history of Corregidor,
there is still a lot of beauty there today.