World Battlefronts: City of Death

Kindly, seamy-faced Major General Oscar W. Griswold, commander of the U.S. Sixth Army's XIV Corps, stood in somber triumph last week on a field of horror. After 20 days of battle, Manila's smoking ruins were his.

Around the General stretched ten square miles of devastation, gutted office buildings, wrecked churches, a huge junkpile of crumpled tin. roofs. And stinking in the rubble were the bodies of at least 12,000 Japanese, merged in death's sickly odor with the bodies of thousands of Filipinos. The end came in fiery drama.

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