By Dale Andradé
Middle of army heritage e-book seventy two 28. Discusses the area struggle 2 liberation of the island of Luzon within the Philippines from eastern forces from December 15, 1944 to July four, 1945.
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Taken altogether, MacArthur’s offensive had contained or taken out of the war over 380,000 Japanese, rendering them unavailable for the defense of the homeland. In the final analysis, the fall of Luzon meant once and for all that the Japanese Empire was doomed. The battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf had left its fleet in tatters, and the ground campaigns that followed turned the once-proud Japanese Army into a shadow of its former self. Casualties on both sides were staggering. Except for those forces surrendering at the end of the war, the Japanese lost virtually all of the 230,000 military personnel on Luzon, in addition to some 70,000 casualties from the previous battle on Leyte Island.
The best account contained in a general work on the Pacific war is Ronald Spector, Eagle Against the Sun (1985). Other significant general studies include John Toland, The Rising Sun (1970), and James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II (1980). Various MacArthur biographies, such as Michael Schaller, Douglas MacArthur: Far Eastern General (1989), cover MacArthur’s personal involvement in the campaign, but with the exception of D. Clayton James’ excellent The Years of MacArthur: Volume II, 1941–1945 (1970), go into few operational details.
An invasion of the Japanese homeland still loomed large in American planning and expectations. But the battle for Luzon had steeled America’s fighting men for the daunting task ahead. Their victory was not merely another stepping stone in MacArthur’s island-hopping campaign. It marked the first time that the Japanese were driven from a strategic area that they had captured at the beginning of the war. And if American soldiers needed any other impetus, many of them received it when they saw the horror of Japanese prison camps.
Luzon by Dale Andradé