World: Still Holding

New enemy air units are appearing over our lines, bombing our troops almost constantly. . . . Hostile artillery fire on our forts from positions on the Cavite shore continues. New enemy batteries in Bataan have increased the density of artillery fire on our positions. A fairly large convoy of Japanese troopships has arrived in Subic Bay and enemy reinforcements are landing at Olongapo.

This War Department communique last week, like so many of its predecessors, was 100% terse pessimism. Douglas Mac-Arthur and his battle-weary, outnumbered troops were still holding Bataan Peninsula and Manila Bay's five defensive forts. But their collapse...

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