Philippines in the Second World War
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Before World War II, the Philippines were still a dependency of the United States, a vestige of its war with Spain. The Japanese captured the islands near the outbreak of hostilities. General MacArthur left with a promise to return, which he fulfilled.
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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides.
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