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Crisis in the Pacific Hardcover – April 30, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1556114842
- Product Dimensions : 20 x 20 x 20 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1556114847
- Publisher : Dutton Adult; First Edition (April 30, 1996)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,995,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The predominate story line focuses on the confluence of events in the Philippines, and it's struggle to rid the country from its IJA invaders. This includes the fight on Bataan, (and its subsequent death march), Corregidor, Zambales Mountains, the Lingayen Gulf landings, (IJA and later MacArthur and company), Leyte, Hell Ships, and about a half dozen of the more notorious prison camps located on Luzon, Mindanao, and Palawan Islands -- all part of the Republic of the Philippines. Also islands mentioned and glossed over are Panay, Cebu, Negros, and Mindoro. So as you can see there's an awful lot to track in this snapshot in time, perhaps too much, hence my 4 star rating.
The hardships endured from mother nature alone included bouts of malaria, dysentery, dengue fever, jungle rot, and other nefarious maladies. Notwithstanding, the Japanese and their cruel, harsh, torturous treatment of their captives illustrate how deprived the human spirit can sink to. The systemic starvation diets alone took its gratuitous toll as well. For example, upon arriving to Camp O'Donnell via the Bataan Death March, there was an estimated 42,000 Filipinos, and 8,675 Americans incarcerated. Within two months 1,500 Americans and 20,000 Filipinos succumbed to death via starvation and its biggest contributors; beriberi, (lack of protein in the diet), and little to no medication to treat the mosquito born diseases listed above. These death rates were ten times higher than experienced at German POW camps. Unconscionable.
All in all, with the maniacal banzai raids and poor leadership of the IJA, the Japanese listed over 300,000 of their troops killed in action while defending their ill gotten gains in the Philippines. On the flipside, 131,028 Filipinos, and Americans died. Most of which were civilians in Manila when that city went through the grinder in 1945... Complements of the land-locked Japanese Navy, (sailors without ships). Staggering numbers. The LtCol of the IJA known as the, "Butcher of Manila", would eventually hang for orchestrating these murderous war crimes.
The Japanese treated both the Filippos and Americans with utter disgust. They mistreated them and vitually starved the American POWs to death. There should have been more accountability at the end of the war where the guards and wardens were heard liable for the death of these men and women. They treated them barbaric and should have faced the ultimate consequence.
MacArthur was shown to be a brave but not overly smart commander at the beginning of the war. He ulitlmately became more combat smart in his reconquest of the islands.
A nice read about a little known campaign in World War II.
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Very well written and informative.