A month in the Philippines in pictures…(will be adding more photos)…

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The Cabu River Bridge (not the original wooden bridge of course)…where Filipino Capitain Juan Pajota and his men held off hundreds of Japanese soldiers from reinforcing the Japanese prison camp at Cabanatuan so that the US 6th Rangers could rescue the 511 US and other allied POW’s who had been in brutal captivity since their surrender in 1942 in the Bataan area to Japanese invasion forces…the windshield wipers weren’t working….

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The main gate of Intramuros, the very same gate of a famous photo of a US Sherman tank entering the grounds of the fort to give support to the US soldiers already inside engaging the defending Japanese defenders. On a sad note, during the bitter fighting, the Japanese were raping women that were held, and executing others out of some sort of revenge…the Japanese had to be wiped out at all costs…and were…

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What I assume to be a guardhouse along the southern wall of Intramuros…

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Passageway leading to the underground portions of the fort, but as you can see, blocked off from entering which was a big disapointment…

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Here is was walking along atop the north walls, this gives you an idea of the thickness of the walls of the fort. Always between 12-14 foot thick…the Americans had great difficulty during the fight for Intramuros during the Battle of Manila, finally having to bring to bear the 240mm howitzers to breach the walls in order to allow US assualt soldiers to engage the defending Japanese…

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The north wall of Intramuros that faces the Pasig River, that during the Spainish era would have fired on any enemy ships sailing up the river….river is seen to the left, those who work as guides and security withn the fort wear era correct costumes complete with US Navy revolver sidearms…

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Panaorama photo of the northern side of Intramuros that touches the Pasig River, that is Manila in the background. The outer walls of the fort are about 12-14 foot thick all the way around. During the fight for Intramuros the US brought to bear 240mm Howitzers to breach the walls in order for US assault soldiers to engage the defending Japanese “soldiers” who during the fighting were executing some of the civilians they were holding as prisoner. The Japanese died in the artillery strikes or were killed to the last in bitter close quarters fighting with the stalwart US assault soldiers of the 148th Regiment of the 37th Division.

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“Bataan Death Marker” along the road up to Mount Samat the number denotes the distance the US and Filipino prisoners had marched to this point…

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Artillery shells of varying caliber and a very old cannon from the days when the Spainish built and manned this fort. Intramuros was built in the 1500’s to protect Manila from enemy ships sailing up the Pasig River…

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This part of the inner part of the fort was intentially left just as it was after the battle ended for Intramuros. Cannon strikes and rifle fire is still easily seen and gives an indication of the ferocity of the defending Japanese and the determination of the US fighting man to take back the fort and to exact revenge on a brutal and heinous enemy who cared little for human life wether it be their own or the lives of innocent civilians and the US soldiers….

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Panaram shot of the massive Manila Cathedral, there is a famous wartime photo showing US wounded laying on litters being tended to by the brave and steadfast Filipina nurses inside this cathedral, the difference being the cathedral was highly damaged by the fighting…

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3 thoughts on “A month in the Philippines in pictures…(will be adding more photos)…

  1. The photo of the Cabu River Bridge was taken during a rain storm while on my way to Bataan and the wipers quit working a few minutes before reaching the bridge. We are traveling in my wife’s brothers “Jeepny”….photo taken near Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija on December 10, 2016…

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