Lapham's Raiders: Guerrillas in the Philippines, 1942-1945

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Overview

" On December 8, 1941, the day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands, catching American forces unprepared and forcing their eventual surrender. Among the American soldiers who managed to avoid capture was twenty-five-year-old Lieutenant Robert Lapham, who was to play a major role in the resistance to the brutal Japanese occupation. Lapham's Raiders is the memoir of one man's guerrilla experiences. A collaboration between Lapham and historian Bernard Norling, the book also offers a detailed assessment of the most extensive land campaign in the Pacific war and a vivid portrayal of Allied guerrilla activity. Through letters, records and the recollections of Lapham and others, the drama of the "mean, dirty, brutal struggle to the death" of guerrilla warfare in the Pacific theater is reconstructed and waged again within these pages. After emerging from the jungles of Bataan and in the face of daunting odds, Lapham built from scratch and commanded a devastating guerrilla force behind enemy lines. His Luzon Guerrilla Armed Forces (LGAF) evolved into an army of thirteen thousand men that eventually controlled the entire northern half of Luzon's great Central Plain, an area of several thousand square miles. Lapham and Norling shed light on the clandestine activities of the LGAF and other guerrilla operations, assess the damages of war to the Filipino people, and discuss the United States' postwar treatment of the newly independent Philippine nation. They also offer a fuller understanding of Japan's wartime failures in the Philippines, the Pacific, and elsewhere in Asia, and of America's postwar failure to fully realize opportunities there.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Lapham, a young reserve lieutenant in the U.S. Army, evaded capture in the Philippines in the spring of 1942 and organized a guerrilla regiment in the Central Plains of the northern island of Luzon. He is a well-educated, literate writer who does not focus on his own exploits or inflate his accomplishments, as many other surviving guerrilla leaders have done. Lapham's account is unique in that he tries to give a complete picture of anti-Japanese operations in Luzon, carefully describing the anti-Japanese, pro-Japanese, civilians, Communist Hucks, patriots, traitors, and those who sat on the fence and just waited. The result is an extremely valuable work that belongs in all World War II collections.-Stanley Itkin, Hillside P.L., New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Booknews
A first-person account of the Japanese invasion of the Philippine Islands. Lt. Lapham, then 25 years old, avoided capture by the Japanese and played a major role in Allied guerilla activity in the Pacific theater. Lapham's Luzon Guerilla Armed Forces grew into an army of 13,000 that eventually controlled the northern half of Luzon's Central Plain. Includes historical details on other aspects of the guerilla land campaign in the Pacific war, and b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Lapham is a well-educated, literate writer who does not focus on his own exploits or inflate his accomplishments, as many other surviving guerrilla leaders have done.... The result is an extremely valuable work that belongs in all World War II collections." -- Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813119496
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 798,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.01 (d)

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