World: Luzon Push

Bereft of aerial fists because its fighters and bombers were used up, and of eyes because it could send no observation planes across the Jap positions, General Douglas MacArthur's Army on Luzon waited narrow-eyed for the Jap's next move.

The defenders did not have long to wait, nor were they idle while they waited. The 20-mile-wide Bataan peninsula above Manila was organized, first by nature and now by MacArthur's men, for defense. From the right flank, in the marshy delta of the Pampanga River to the left, somewhere north of Subic Bay, the engineers toiled. Tank traps were dug, mines laid, positions...

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