Cinema: New Picture, Aug. 20, 1945

Orders from Tokyo (Philippine Commonwealth-OSS-Warner) were found on Japanese soldiers who died in Manila's walled city. They were detailed instructions from Imperial Headquarters for "the systematic massacre" of the city's civilians, children and women as well as men. This short color film, the work of Marine Captain David C. Griffin, is the record of the execution of these orders.

The picture is introduced by Brigadier General Carlos P. Romulo, Resident Commissioner of the Philippines. General Romulo, aware of the immense distance, both physical and spiritual, which separates U.S. civilians from such horrors, has said: "These things are not to be known, they...

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