Book Excerpts


Chapter 1: An Island of Myths, Legends, and Faraway Places
Chapter 2: The Yanks are Coming
Chapter 3: The Calm before the Storm
Chapter 4: Winds of War
Chapter 5: The Return
Chapter 6: Shrine of Peace

Chapter 1’s page 2 shows our lavish use of maps, both ancient and contemporary, to tell the story of Corregidor from 1726 until the present.

Chapter 1’s pages 32-33 depict the Battle of Manila and its two main war ships, the Reina-Cristina and the Olympia, commandeered by Admiral Dewey in March of 1898.

Chapter 2’s pages 64-65 document a map of the roadways of Corregidor and role of the Philippine Scouts as Coastal Artillerymen.

Chapter 3’s pages 78-79 illustrate a 12 inch gun at Battery Hearn and the Mile-Long Barracks on Topside during the 1930s, replete with the comforts of state-side living, while Fort Mills continued its clandestine preparations for a future war with Japan.

Chapter 4’s pages 126-127 shows Battery Way’s mortars still intact in spite of relentless bombing sorties by Japanese pilots in 1942. Right, a battle situation map used by the American press of the war’s development prior to Corregidor’s surrender.

Chapter 5’s pages 110-111 show the assault of the 503rd Paratroop Regiment as it took the island by air on February 16, 1945 with amphibeous units that arrived by sea in a 10-day long campaign.

Chapter 6’s pages 169 and 175 recall events of the post-war period, including the creation of the War Memorial and a museum on Topside, and shrines for the fallen soldiers of the Philippines, the U.S. and Japan. Right, the Goddess of Peace combines Buddhist and Christain motifs located at Corregidor’s Japanese Garden.

Chap6Pg185-283  The above selected pages have been
   excerpted to provide visitors not only
   with a sense of the varied contents of
   this book, but also a view of how it   
   has been organized. This book’s 10 X
   7” size favors the use of large images
   over those of previous publications
   with respect to size but quality as
   well. A great deal of effort has gone
   into obtaining the originals of old
   maps and illustrations, including
   original photos. 


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