The Battle of Bataan
A Complete History, 2d ed.
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About the Book
Fought with obsolete and discarded equipment by an army mostly made up of untrained Filipinos, the Battle of Bataan has become one of the “forgotten” battles of World War II.
This book provides a complete history of the conflict by looking at the events which led up to the battle, with an overview of the American, Philippine and Japanese forces that fought on Bataan. Abandoned by their commander, Douglas MacArthur, and written off by their president, without an air force or navy to support them, for 90 days the Americans and Filipinos held out against not only the Japanese but the ravages of starvation and disease. In the end came the largest surrender in American military history. The book contains dozens of period and modern photographs and several maps.
About the Author(s)
Donald J. Young
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 86 photos, 26 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
Table of Contents
Military Organizations and Designations 3
1. The Battle Is Joined 17
2. Counterattack and Withdrawal 45
3. Invasion from the Sea 75
4. The Battle for the Points Continues 106
5. The Battle of the Pockets 130
6. “We Spit on Our Hands and Waited” 151
7. Beginning of the End 182
8. No Gleam of Victory 189
9. Bataan’s Last Hours 222
10. “Bataan Has Fallen” 237
192nd and 194th Tank Battalions 261
Bataan Artillery and Antiaircraft 261
Bataan Engineers and Quartermaster 262
The Bataan Hospitals and the Medical Situations 267
Troop Morale 272
The Weather and Its Effect 274
Chapter Notes 277
Book Reviews & Awards
“a good account…extensive personal testimony…dramatic narrative”—Global War Studies; “brings together all facets of the story…. Recommended”—Library Journal; “an interesting synthesis of the ground-level combat…indispensable”—Choice; “a good account of the battle, with excellent maps and some rarely-seen photographs, its primary contribution is the inclusion of extensive personal testimony from memoirs, and interviews. These individual accounts lend color and immediacy to an already dramatic narrative—Stanley L. Falk, Philippine war historian.