BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Burning City

BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC Burning City

The Japanese "fadeback" from Manila proved to be illusory. The enemy, it appeared, had not flatly lied when he boasted that the city was being fortified for resistance block by block, building by building; he had merely told a half-truth. It was not true in the northern sector of Manila, on the right bank of the Pasig River; it was all too true of the southern sector, on the left bank.

The enemy's whole behavior in Manila followed a planned dog-in-the-manger pattern. Early in December, a month...

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