The battle to liberate Manila was an example of the extreme barbarism the Japanese considered normal behaviour. The History of Terror series has been uncovering the cruelty of war that has too frequently been forgotten. – Highly Recommended
NAME: History of Terror, Battle Of Manilla, Nadir of Japanese Barbarism, 3 February-3 March 1945 FILE: R2888 AUTHOR: Miguel Miranda PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 128 PRICE: £12.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: World War II, WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World War, Pacific Theatre, Japanese atrocities, wanton killing, civilian targets, scorched earth, barbarism
IMAGE: B2888.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y5x6dc32 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The battle to liberate Manila was an example of the extreme barbarism the Japanese considered normal behaviour. The History of Terror series has been uncovering the cruelty of war that has too frequently been forgotten. – Highly Recommended The Allies needed to liberate Manila in early 1945 to free the mistreated prisoners of the Japanese. There was no alternative. That it became a bloody battle, bordering on genocide, was the responsibility of the Japanese, particularly by their death squads and fanatical Japanese Navy personnel. The author tells this terrible story well. It is a graphic account, supported by an excellent selection of rare images through the body of the book. When the Japanese started the war in the Pacific, they hoped to expand rapidly by invading and occupying neighbouring countries, before negotiating a peace with the Americans and retaining all their territorial gains. In that expectation they seriously misjudged the industrial power of America and the determination of the Pacific nations. After very rapid advances, the Japanese felt the growing resistance of the Allies. Their sea routes were cut by submarines and surface ships, their battle fleets were savaged by US carrier Task Forces, and Allied liberation forces began island hopping toward the Japanese home islands. As the Allies advanced on Japan they uncovered the brutality and barbarism of an enemy that considered brutal mistreatment of prisoners was a natural way of life. Japan extended the same casual disregard of human life to their own troops, expecting them to fight to the death and to kill any civilians caught in the battles. As the Allies understood the cruelty of Japan, it only stiffened their resolve to defeat Japan and to liberate as rapidly as possible all occupied territory. The events and conditions exposed by this review does not make easy reading but it is important to understand what happened.