December 8 The Japanese launched air raids in several cities and US military installations in the Philippines December 10 the first Japanese troops landed in Northern Luzon. Manila was occupied by the Japanese on January 2, 1942.
The fall of Bataan was on April 9, 1942 with Corregidor Island, at the mouth of Manila Bay, surrendering on May 6 The Commonwealth government by then had exiled in Washington, DC upon the invitation of President Roosevelt. The Philippine Army continued to fight the Japanese in a guerilla war and were considered auxiliary units of the United States Army. December of 1941 The invasion by Japan began
March of 1942 U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and President Quezon fled the country. The Bataan Death March (also known as The Death March of Bataan) took place in the Philippines in April 9, 1942 and was later accounted as a Japanese war crime. The 60-mile (97 km) march occurred after the three-month Battle of Bataan, part of the Battle of the Philippines (1941–42) The cruelty of the Japanese military occupation of the Philippines is legendary. Guerilla units harassed the Japanese when they could and on Luzon, native resistance was strong enough that the Japanese never did get control of a large part of the island. October of 1944 McArthur had gathered enough additional troops and supplies to begin the retaking of the Philippines, landing with Sergio Osmena who had assumed the Presidency after Quezon's death. September 2 The battles entailed long fierce fighting, some of the Japanese continued to fight until the official surrender of the Empire of Japan The American forces removed local Huk governments and imprisoned many high-ranking members of the Philippine Communist Party. While these incidents happened there was still fighting against the Japanese forces and despite the American measures against the Huk they still supported American soldiers in the fight against the Japanese. Over a million Filipinos had...
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