World Battlefronts: Kris and Campilan

In Lanao Province on the Philippine island of Mindanao this week, 10,000 fighting Moros sharpened kris, barong, campilan, tabas and spear for a fight to the death and no mercy asked.

"We recognize that the present conflict is a great emergency where all men of character must stand together united," they informed General Douglas MacArthur. "We will disregard differences in religion between Christian, Filipino, Mohammedan or pagan. ... To all of this we have sworn on the Koran."

It was expected that many more Mohammedan Moros, each looking forward to dark-eyed harem beauties in...

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