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In the opening days of World War II, a joint U.S.-Filipino army fought desperately to defend Manila Bay and the Philippines against a Japanese invasion. Much of the five-month campaign was waged on the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. Despite dwindling supplies and dim prospects for support, the garrison held out as long as possible and significantly delayed the Jap In the opening days of World War II, a joint U.S.-Filipino army fought desperately to defend Manila Bay and the Philippines against a Japanese invasion. Much of the five-month campaign was waged on the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. Despite dwindling supplies and dim prospects for support, the garrison held out as long as possible and significantly delayed the Japanese timetable for conquest in the Pacific. In the end, the Japanese forced the largest capitulation in U.S. military history. The defenders were hailed as heroes and the legacy of their determined resistance marks the Philippines today. Drawing on accounts from American and Filipino participants and archival sources, this book chronicles these critical months of the Pacific War, from the first air strikes to the fall of Bataan and Corregidor.


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In the opening days of World War II, a joint U.S.-Filipino army fought desperately to defend Manila Bay and the Philippines against a Japanese invasion. Much of the five-month campaign was waged on the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. Despite dwindling supplies and dim prospects for support, the garrison held out as long as possible and significantly delayed the Jap In the opening days of World War II, a joint U.S.-Filipino army fought desperately to defend Manila Bay and the Philippines against a Japanese invasion. Much of the five-month campaign was waged on the Bataan Peninsula and Corregidor Island. Despite dwindling supplies and dim prospects for support, the garrison held out as long as possible and significantly delayed the Japanese timetable for conquest in the Pacific. In the end, the Japanese forced the largest capitulation in U.S. military history. The defenders were hailed as heroes and the legacy of their determined resistance marks the Philippines today. Drawing on accounts from American and Filipino participants and archival sources, this book chronicles these critical months of the Pacific War, from the first air strikes to the fall of Bataan and Corregidor.

31 review for Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941–May 1942

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Petri

    At the beginning "Last Stand On Bataan" threatened to be statistics, maps, and names that would soon run together. I should note I have been diagnosed as having ADD and have some problems with such things. But, it soon became a story about the people, on both sides, who fought in this battle. A very satisfying lesson about a major event in the history of WWII and the people who fought in it. A very insightful understanding of how people react to being battle and the many ways different people re At the beginning "Last Stand On Bataan" threatened to be statistics, maps, and names that would soon run together. I should note I have been diagnosed as having ADD and have some problems with such things. But, it soon became a story about the people, on both sides, who fought in this battle. A very satisfying lesson about a major event in the history of WWII and the people who fought in it. A very insightful understanding of how people react to being battle and the many ways different people react to these situations. Awarded to me by LibraryThing Early Reader program.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    A real page turner Read the book in one day. Reads like a thriller if you have any interest in the subject matter. Only criticism is it was hard to follow some troop movements even with a map. But this may have been because I read a Kindle version.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    Please note - the writer received a complementary copy of this book for review. It was unclear as to the stage of publication for this book - so comments below regarding layout may have been or will be resolved when published. I did enjoy this book, being a fan of World War II non-fiction. The author clearly did a lot of research on the battle for control of the Bataan peninsula, a subject where it appears there is a fairly limited amount of subject matter books out there. The book has a lot of d Please note - the writer received a complementary copy of this book for review. It was unclear as to the stage of publication for this book - so comments below regarding layout may have been or will be resolved when published. I did enjoy this book, being a fan of World War II non-fiction. The author clearly did a lot of research on the battle for control of the Bataan peninsula, a subject where it appears there is a fairly limited amount of subject matter books out there. The book has a lot of details on troop movements and battle engagements and results. That being said, there were some areas that were somewhat nagging irritants, and which lessened the understanding to be gained from the book. The inclusion of several more maps (non-military) of the Philippines that were much more detailed as to location names would have helped immensely. Often the author referred to specific locations of battle lines (for example, the US troops fell back to "such-and-such river" - but the maps in the book did not detail where the river was - no label). Now that might be because the military-generated maps did not include those labels - but nowhere else in the book was there a map that could be referred to to give the reader a sense of what was happening in the battles and locations to indicate the distances or movements involved. The military-generated maps were sometimes very difficult to read, with print very faint or so fonts so small as to render the maps virtually unreadable. Again, this caused difficulty in understanding the nature of the battles. Clarity of the original maps might not be the fault of the author - but adjustments should have then been made to include a better map, perhaps a recreation of the military map to a readable format. Finally, it would have helped immensely if the author had included illustration numbers. Comments are included about a battle, and there might be an illustration nearby (or several) but no reference as to which illustration was being referred to - only a brief caption, and the source. In some cases, it was difficult to determine if the illustration actually referred to nearby comments or not. The problems with layout in no way diminishes the amount of information included, but had the layout problems not existed, a much, much clearer understanding of the battles on the Bataan Peninsula would have been possible. I am saddened by the fact that these nagging problems somewhat overshadow the obvious amount of work the author put into his work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ManOfLaBook.com

    Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941-May 1942 by Christopher L. Kolakowski is a history book covering several month of fighting before and in which the Battan Death march took place. Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941-May 1942 by Christopher L. Kolakowski is a fascinating, detailed book. The book covers the fight General McArthur fought in 1941-1942 against the Japanese invaders to the Philippines. The book includes quotes from partic Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941-May 1942 by Christopher L. Kolakowski is a history book covering several month of fighting before and in which the Battan Death march took place. Last Stand on Bataan: The Defense of the Philippines, December 1941-May 1942 by Christopher L. Kolakowski is a fascinating, detailed book. The book covers the fight General McArthur fought in 1941-1942 against the Japanese invaders to the Philippines. The book includes quotes from participants, maps, photographs and extensive notes. The author spent a lot of time researching and it shows, he put together a historical artifact in a concise manner. This is an academic book, the reader will be able to follow the battle each day and each step. The author tries, and my view succeeded, to stay balanced in his observations and writings. For more reviews and bookish thoughts pleas visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    This is a well-documented academic review of the defense of the Philippines by Kolakowski. The author includes several quotes from participants, maneuver maps, photographs, and pictures that highlight keys aspect. There are extensive chapter notes, bibliography and index. Appendix I contain the USAFFE Order of Battle, December 8, 1941. Appendix II is the battlefield and participants after May 1942. Readers are able to follow step-by-step the actions that were taken between December 1941 and May This is a well-documented academic review of the defense of the Philippines by Kolakowski. The author includes several quotes from participants, maneuver maps, photographs, and pictures that highlight keys aspect. There are extensive chapter notes, bibliography and index. Appendix I contain the USAFFE Order of Battle, December 8, 1941. Appendix II is the battlefield and participants after May 1942. Readers are able to follow step-by-step the actions that were taken between December 1941 and May 1942.

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