Corregidor in Peace and War by Charles M. Hubbard

By Charles M. Hubbard

A picturesque island strategically positioned on the front of Manila Bay, Corregidor has had army importance because the days of the Spanish galleon alternate. even if its dramatic function within the protection of the Philippines in the course of global warfare II is definitely documented, quite little is understood approximately its heritage except army involvement. This richly illustrated ebook tells the tale of the island and sheds new gentle at the geopolitical forces that formed its future. greater than one hundred fifty illustrations contain maps and pictures from either the Spanish and American sessions as much as the current day, and the accompanying textual content offers a guided journey that captures the traditional fantastic thing about an island as soon as loved by way of early citizens yet thus decimated via cannon fireplace and aerial bombardment.

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Following this communication, he published an appeal to anyone loyal to Spain to “prepare for the struggle! ” meaning that the Spanish fleet could be found and bottled up in Manila Bay. He issued orders to proceed at once with all speed toward the enemy. When one of his officers suggested that a container ship with a skeleton crew be sent into the two channels to detonate mines before the main body proceeded to run past the guns on Corregidor, the American commander responded, “I’ve waited 60 years for this opportunity.

Indicative of the last decade of the nineteenth century, the Americans did not want to be left out of the European and Japanese “big power” naval arms race as reflected in this dreadnought anchored in Hong Kong harbor. (Image 59B014, Dean Worcester Collection, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan) A twelve-inch breech-loading mortar at Battery Way in 2005. (Collis Davis Collection) 20 Corregidor in Peace and War To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work.

The cruiser’s mast remains there to this day as the island’s flagpole and serves as a symbol of Dewey’s victory. (Collis Davis Collection) To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. This illustration shows the aftermath of the naval Battle of Manila. , Manila, Philippines) An Island of Myths, Legends, and Faraway Places 35 To view the complete page image, please refer to the printed version of this work. 36 Corregidor in Peace and War Photograph shows the destroyed Spanish batteries in Cavite overlooking the South Channel through which Dewey’s fleet entered Manila Bay.

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