World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Victory ! Mabuhay!

Last week, with MacArthur's recapture of Manila, the U.S. passed a great milestone in World War II. In the final, dark hours of the week, as U.S. mechanized cavalrymen battered through a Japanese road barrier and roared into Manila from the east, the event was more than the attaining of a great objective: it was a high-water mark in the inexorable rising tide of the American war effort. No one doubted that there would be hard fighting aplenty before the Philippines were entirely redeemed; but Manila was the crown and symbol of...

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