Behind The Japanese Lines on Luzon
The pictures on these pages were taken by Manuel Alcantara, a photographer for the Manila Tribune, during the Jap occupation. While taking pictures under the Jap Department of Information he was also a secret agent for United States forces in the Philippines. He kept these photos hidden until Yanks entered Manila.
Here is a view of Corregidor on 7 May 1942, a day after U.S. troups surrendered. In the foreground, Japs look over a group of Filipino PWs.
Gen. Marsaharu Hommo, conqueror of Singopore and supreme Japanese commander in the Philippines, takes his ease a week after the fall of Corregidor.
Top Row of Photographs (L to R)
Japs advance on Manila on 3 January 1942. Their light tanks are crossing a bypass on Highway 6 north of the city as our tanks did three years later.
A Jap soldier gets a grandstand view of the destruction of U.S. property in the Philippines. It's an oil fire at Iloilo Ciy in the province of Panay.
Middle Photographs (L to R)
Japs of the "Bicycle Division" pedal southward toward Manila on the day they entered it. GIs of the 37th Division marhed here 37 months later.
American and Filipino prisoners captured on Corregidor were hauled in trucks or marched, if strong enough, to Bilibid Prison in Manila, 40 miles away.
Bottom Photographs (L to R)
On 11 April 1942, American PWs on Bataan sort U.S. equipment to be taken over by the Japs. Then the death march to Camp O'Donnell began.
A Jap stands guard before a pillbox in Manila's business district on 27 January 1945, a week before Americans of the 1st Cabalry entered the city.