Rampage 1st Edition

Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila 1st Edition

GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR WALKED OUT ONTO THE porch of his cottage on the battered Philippine island of Corregidor in the early evening of March 11, 1942, joining his wife Jean and the couple’s four-year-old son, Arthur—all packed for that night’s perilous escape. The sun had just slipped below the western horizon, silhouetting the nearby Bataan Peninsula where the dormant volcano Mount Mariveles towered majestically almost five thousand feet over the South China Sea. A tropical breeze whipped across Corregidor, one typically filled with the acrid smell of cordite from Japanese bombings and artillery, which had finally let up after a long day of attacks along the waterfront. This tadpole-shaped island that guarded the entrance to Manila Bay had served as MacArthur’s last refuge, under siege now for ninety-three days by advancing enemy forces.

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