Battles and Campaigns
154. Astor Gerald A. Crisis in the Pacific: The Battles for the Philippine Islands by the Men Who Fought Them - An Oral History. New York: Donald J. Fine Books, 1996. 478p.
A comprehensive account, told through oral history interviews with Filipino and American veterans, of the Philippine campaigns. Events covered include the 1942 defeats on Bataan and Corregidor, the Bataan Death March, the 1944-45 invasions of Leyte and Luzon, and the battle for Manila. Astor adds little that is new for analysts of Philippine and Pacific War strategy but he does capture the human dimension of the war years in the islands. Based on oral history interviews. Bibliography. Index.
155. Bergerud Eric. Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific. New York: Viking, 1996. 566p.
Bergerud's format is topical, not geographic. The focus is on the nature of the land war in the Southwest Pacific area of which the Philippines were a part. Subjects include the impact of the terrain on operations, small unit fighting, medical care, morale, and the quality of military leadership on all levels. Based on after-action reports, oral history interviews, veterans' memoirs, and secondary sources. Footnotes. Bibliography. Index.
156. Breuer William. Devil Boats: The PT War Against Japan. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1987. 219p.
Anecdotal account of the operations of the small plywood attack boats against the Japanese. There is a detailed account of General