World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Strategic Impotence

Nowhere in the vast Pacific was there more than a crumb of comfort for the Japanese. On Luzon, infantrymen and tankmen of Lieut. General Walter Krueger's Sixth Army were probing toward Manila (see below). True, the Japanese had as yet suffered only slight losses in men and materiel, because they had elected not to meet the attack head on at this stage. Thus they conserved for a later stand, perhaps in the mountains of northern Luzon, perhaps on Bataan, perhaps both. But such a stand could only delay U.S. seizure of strategic...

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