BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: All Over the Map

The great island of Luzon (41,000 sq. mi., pop. four million) was the epicenter of a man-made earthquake which rocked the whole Japanese Empire last week. Off Luzon's western coast, the Jap radio screamed, were vast U.S. convoys whose guardian warships were blasting the defenses in Lingayen Gulf, 100 miles north of Manila. The Japs said troops were landing. General MacArthur's return to the Philippines, begun at Leyte last Oct. 20, might be nearing its crowning achievement. Among the smaller Philippine islands to the south, landings had been made to consolidate the hold of the liberating armies..

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