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Manila Conquest! 1st Pics 1945/02/26

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Published on Sep 21, 2006

"The Capture of Manila (First pictures of the final stages of General MacArthur's masterful Luzon campaign) - As the U.S. 6th Army approaches from the North, units of the U.S. 8th Army approach Manila from the West and from the South. Naval stations and heavily-mined air fields are taken. U.S. rifle fire is augmented with bazookas, phosphorus grenades and 155 mm. howitzers. Guerrillas render invaluable aid and the hated collaborationists are quickly rounded up. Manila proper is entered, but the cornered Japs have planted TNT charges and soaked blocks of buildings with gasoline. The resultant huge fires burn by day and by night. General MacArthur enters Bilibid prison and is cheered by the 1,100 prisoners who have been captive there since Bataan fell. Refugees mill about Manila's streets, laden down with their few belongings. Water pressure in the mains is negligible, hence the fires rage unchecked. The stench from mass open graves where murdered Filipinos lie, is unbearable. The fighting zone shifts to South Manila, and Intramuros, the old walled city. When the Japs are exterminated, the refugees timidly return to their liberated city, Manila." scenes of MacArthur's three-pronged attack advances, artillery pounds enemy, heavy resistance near Manila, Gen. Eichelberger lead another attack, net closes on japanese collaborators, GIs drink beer from local brewery, evidence seen of Japanese demolition in Manila, MacArthur enters Manila, visits prison and released captives, boat sunk in fighting on Passic River, fires in north Manila, dead Filipinos. (complete newsreel)

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