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BATTLE OF MANILA
The Battle of Manila, probably more than any other battle of WWII, has suffered from the false narratives of post-war revisionism.  This was not simply the result of Japanese reluctance to traverse their  war crimes, but from the efforts of the US to facilitate Japan as a base for the 'police action' in Korea.  The predominant revisionist approach was that the US had, by surrounding Manila, failed to afford an escape route for the Japanese to withdraw from the city, thereby causing damage and death which otherwise would not have occurred.  This approach assumes, incorrectly, that the Japanese wanted to vacate Manila without  fight. The second revision was to characterise the atrocities as  " the Manila Naval Defence Force under the separate command of the Imperial Japanese Navy running amok." This was an ex post facto invention argued by  the defense counsel of Gen. Yamashita. The third  narrative was that the damage to Manila was caused predominantly  by "American Bombing"  and indiscriminant artillery use. 


           
           
       
 
 
         

 

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