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Forgotten History of Pacific Asia War

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Get closer to the untold forgotten history of the Pacific Asia War with Damian Abernathy. Learn more about topics like bioweapon in Unit 731, Japan before Pearl Harbor, and more. Support this podcast:

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Episode 64: Philippines Battles in World War II

The Philippines played a critical role in American strategy during World War II. Before the war, the United States had large numbers of troops stationed on the islands. After U.S. forces were defeated from the islands, regaining the Philippines became an important goal, especially for General MacArthur, who had been forced to evacuate from his headquarters there in 1942 when the Japanese attacked.

Accordingly, MacArthur adopted a strategy of island-hopping, which would allow him to steadily drive Japanese forces out of the islands they had conquered, bringing him closer and closer to Japan itself. Unfortunately, the Philippines’ proximity to Japan meant that they were among the last of the occupied islands to be retaken; fighting on the island of Mindanao continued up until the Japanese surrender in August of 1945.


1. Bluhm, Raymond K. "Battle of Corregidor." Encyclopædia Britannica, inc.

2. Morton, Louis. The Fall of the Philippines. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1953.

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