World Battlefronts: Bright Stars, Dark Sky

Inch by inch, with the glacierlike superiority of sheer mass, the Jap forced his way south on Bataan Peninsula. Before him the last big core of resistance in Luzon stood like a granite cliff of valor. The edges of the glacier crumbled, but mass enough to move mountains seemed to be behind it.

The sleepless, bitter, astute defense made by American and Philippine soldiers had long since made Douglas MacArthur one of the great captains of U.S. military history. Against his 15-mile front the Jap charged again & again. Even Tokyo admitted that the...

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