Corregidor: The American Alamo of World War II

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Told in the voices of the soldiers, doctors, and nurses who were the untested but valiant defenders of Corregidor, the tiny island fortress of Generals Macarthur and Wainwright; Corregidor is the remarkable history of forty American and Filipino survivors. Before Pearl Harbor, American servicemen in the Philippines led a life of colonial ease. But from December 1941 to May 1942, defeated and humiliated by the Japanese and deceived by Washington, they fought and dies to buy America some desperately needed time to ...
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Overview

Told in the voices of the soldiers, doctors, and nurses who were the untested but valiant defenders of Corregidor, the tiny island fortress of Generals Macarthur and Wainwright; Corregidor is the remarkable history of forty American and Filipino survivors. Before Pearl Harbor, American servicemen in the Philippines led a life of colonial ease. But from December 1941 to May 1942, defeated and humiliated by the Japanese and deceived by Washington, they fought and dies to buy America some desperately needed time to regroup and respond to the Japanese onslaught in the Pacific.
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Times Literary Supplement
Corregidor vividly conveys the circumstances of men fighting hunger, dystentery, and malaria, as well as the rapidly encroaching Japanese; the effects of massive and sustained bombardment upon civilians and troops penned within the confines of the island and tunnels of Corregidor; and the wide variations of behavior among units and individuals as it became apparent that, for all the rhetoric issuing from Washington, no relieving force was going to arrive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410850
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 750,301
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

"Cast List" xi
Prologue 1
Chapter I A Soldier's Paradise 3
Chapter II Call to Arms 19
Chapter III Rumors of War 47
Chapter IV Day of Infamy
1. "Bandits Over Clark" 73
2. War Comes to Manila 93
Chapter V The Battle of Manila 107
Chapter VI Retreat 159
Chapter VII The Battle of Bataan
1. Prelude 231
2. The Battle of the Abucay Hacienda 252
3. The Battle of the Points 280
4. The Battle of the Pockets 313
Chapter VIII The Siege: "The Battling Bastards of Bataan" 333
Chapter IX The Fall of Bataan 375
Chapter X Corregidor
1. The Death March 409
2. "As Goes Bataan So Goes Corregidor" 426
Epilogue: One Dollar a Day 475
Selected Bibliography 511
Index 513
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