The Bataan Campaign

Tanks of the 192nd Tank Battalion were called upon to help wipe out the Japanese caught in this pocket.

Tanks of the 192nd Tank Battalion were called upon to help wipe out the Japanese caught in this pocket.

 

For three months in early 1942, Filipino-American forces battled Imperial Japan’s invaders for control of the Bataan Peninsula, astride the gateway to Manila Bay and the waters leading to Manila, the Pearl of the Orient.  Despite many of the Fil-Am force’s soldiers being ill-equipped and undertrained, they successfully upset the Japanese timetable for conquest of the Philippines before they were overcome, and thus bought precious time for the Allies in the Pacific to gather forces to stem the tide of Japanese expansionism in the Pacific.  For an overview of the campaign, and the context in which it occurred, see the U.S. Army’s brochure on the Philippine Campaign, 1941-1942, at:

http://www.history.army.mil/brochures/pi/PI.htm

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