General Reference Sources and Historical Surveys
There are a number of reference sources on World War II and the Pacific War that contain background data and information to help the beginner or the experienced researcher get started in writing about the Philippine Islands campaigns. I am excluding general encyclopedias. The sources listed here are specific to World War II or military history or overviews of Philippine-American relations.
001. Baclagon Uladrico S. Military History of the Philippines. Manila: St. Mary's, 1975.
Approximately half of this informative work is devoted to the islands' World War II experience - particularly the role of the Philippine Army in the 1942 defense and the contribution of pro- American guerilla bands to the anti-Japanese resistance and 1944- 45 US operations.
002. Brands H. W. Bound to Empire: The United States and the Philippines. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. 384p.
The most recent and best of the many histories of American involvement in the Philippines. The scope of this survey ranges from Admiral Dewey's victory over the Spanish fleet in 1898 to the closure of the Subic Bay naval base in 1992. Brands' theme is the way in which the culture of each society affected its view of the other. He devotes three chapters to MacArthur's 1930's