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IJN's darkest hour; battle of Manila (video)

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While aware of the extent of the Philippines campaign, I was mostly ignorant of what happened during the battle of Manila in 1945, as well as the forgotten atrocities committed by the Imperial Japanese Navy Land Forces. Harrowing stuff that shows how war often turns men into animals.

Well worth the watch, albeit not for the faint of heart.

tl;dw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila_massacre

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General Yamashita was thrown under the bus for that and was executed by hanging in 1946.  He ordered a retreat north to avoid fighting and destroying Manila, and preserving as much of his command as possible.  The RAdm Iwabuchi, in charge of the SNLF element disregarded the order and had his troops go on a rampage.

 

Iwabuchi in 1942 was captain of Kongo-class BB Kirashima for the Second Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, where she was lost.  Apparently that has eaten away at him for the 3 years since that event and the Battle of Manila gave him his outlet for his rage.

 

If you want to dive into the deep, dark world of brutality in the Pacific and Asia during WWII, there's a great documentary on this, "Hell in the Pacific" from 2001.  Here's a playlist for it on YouTube.

 

The Battle of Manila is covered, as well as many other things.  The documentary goes into the evil that man will do to each other and you'll see the effects all sides will suffer.  It's not about the course of the war, battles, strategy, etc.  It's just about brutality.  What fighting men were doing to each other as well as what happened with civilians.

 

Another memorable part was when Singapore fell to the Japanese, was a unit of the Imperial Japanese Army had went to a hospital filled with Commonwealth wounded and started bayoneting whoever they can find, including men on operating tables and the doctors trying to save them.

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My grandfather told me a different story what really happen in battle of manila its a different from what history documentary saying.

 

Respect who fought along those brave man and woman 

Battle of corregidor

Battle of Bataan

Battle of Manila

Battle of leyte

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Interesting tidbit in the video where it shows one of the naval guns being hosed down to cool it and keep it in the fight.

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Should also check out the Battle of Nuremburg, where the US Army fought a Russian Army.

My father was there.  He only talked about it when he thought us kids weren't within ear-shot, and only with close friends.

Has Manila beat by a long shot.

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