World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Bloody Luzon

After grueling weeks of all-out warfare, the Philippine mop-up began to look like a mop-up.

One of the toughest actions ended last week when U.S. and Filipino forces joined at the onetime enemy base of Banaue in northern Luzon, split the Jap remnants into three parts. Immediately the combined forces drove hard on one pocket where, natives insisted, Jap troops were still being led by Lieut. General Tomoyuki Yamashita, blatant conqueror of the Philippines.

The splitting of the already weakened Jap forces meant that the Philippine campaign was close to its end. A captured Jap war correspondent said that...

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