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The Battle of Manila: 2/1945; US 14th Corps Battles Japanese in Manila
The Battle of Manila: 2/1945
US 14th Corps Battle Japanese in Manila
© 2009
344 pages; 31 chapters and 2 appendixes
It's not very often in the annals of World War II that the US Army fought a
victorious urban battle and seemed to do everything right.
The Battle of
Manila in February 1945
was one such incident. The e-book, The Battle of
, tells it all from the strange defensive plans of the local Imperial
Japanese Army
to the hard charging aggressiveness of the US Army’s 14th
. For those pro-US Army buffs there is much to be proud of in the
Battle of Manila
because the US Army’s 14th Corps fought a professional
battle. Of course there is a lot more to
The Battle of Manila, as the lucky
reader will discover. For example, the interesting methods that the
Japanese Army
used to mine the road junctions and other areas of Manila
are still useful today. In fact, the
Imperial Japanese Army defenders in the
Battle of Manila offer a number of interesting lessons on how to defend a
. By the same token, the US Army’s 14th Corps offered a number of
lessons on
how to take a defended city. So what we have here is a very
interesting e-book about the conventional urban battle known as t
he Battle of
“Japanese Admiral Iwabuchi's mainland area of responsibility extended inland from a point on Manila Bay about two and a
half miles north of the city northeast to Novaliches, east to the Marikina River, south to Laguna de Bay's western shores,
and then west across the Hagonoy Isthmus to the base of Cavite Peninsula. The whole area covered an area of
approximately 250 square miles. To defend this zone Iwabuchi had under his command nearly 17,000 troops--about
12,500 Navy personnel and 4,500 Army troops. The remaining 3,500 naval troops included in Iwabuchi's total of 16,000-
odd naval personnel the admiral had either left on islands in Manila Bay or had sent into the mountains east of Manila to
join the main body of the Shimbu Group. Iwabuchi assigned some 14,000 of the troops he controlled in and around
Manila to three combat organizations for defensive operations. A fourth command contained forces nominally afloat but
actually based either on the city's waterfront or on the bay islands; a fifth command was composed of engineers, supply
troops, medical units, and so forth. Iwabuchi gave this fifth group the blanket title "attached units."
Iwabuchi retained approximately 10,000 troops within the Manila city limits, 8,000 of them members of the three combat
commands. The northernmost combat command, labeled Northern Force, was commanded by Colonel Noguchi, whom
Iwabuchi made responsible for the defense of the entire city north of the Pasig, Intramuros south of the river, and the
suburbs north, northeast, and east of Manila to the boundaries of the Manila Naval Defense Force. In addition to the 2d
and 3d Provisional Infantry Battalions and supporting Army troops of his own Noguchi Detachment, Noguchi had under
his command the 1st Independent Naval Battalion. His force totaled about 4,500 men in all.“
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