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Books on Japanese Occupation of the Philippines


A Postal History of the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines, 1941-1945

Eugene A Garrett (Author).  Publisher: Pine Hill Press (1992)


The Japanese occupation during World War Two told through the stamps, overprints, and postmarks of the postal services.


Chick Parsons, America's Master Spy in the Philippines

Carlos Quirino (Author).  Publisher: New Day Publishers (1984)


“For the year preceding the landing of our allied forces on Leyte beach, Chick Parsons had been a powerful name that must not be spoken but that was always in the thoughts of eighteen million Filipinos and of the members of MacArthur's staff.”



Santo Tomas Internment Camp

Frederick H. Stevens (Author). Publisher: Stratford, Inc. (Limited Private Edition)


“It is an able, true life saga of the courage and fortitude of able, proud people suddenly herded from all walks of life and every social strata into the stark tragedy of close, brutal and comfortless confinement – men, women and children, who, despite their humiliation, suffering and peril, never lost faith in God, country or cause.” 



Iron Gates Of Santo Tomas The: Imprisonment In Manila, 1942-1945    

Emily Van Sickle (Author).  Publisher:  Academy Chicago Publishers


The author and her husband Charles were among the thousands of foreign civilians interned by the Japanese on the 48-acre campus of Santo Tomas University in the Philippines. The school was a made-to-order concentration camp enclosed on three sides by high concrete walls and iron bars.



Philippine-Collaboration in World War II

David Joel Steinberg (Author).  Publisher: Solidaridad Publishing House, Manila. 

Published in the Philippines by arrangement with the Michigan University Press


This book is a study of the collaboration crisis which grew out of the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. It is an attempt to delineate how this one society on the verge of gaining its inde­pendence struggled to determine its standard of values and its identity.  



Philippine-Nippon Tales

Alfonso P Santos (Author).  Publisher: National Book Store (1978)


A collection of incidents showing the sunny side of the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines.



Men and Memories in Confinement

 A Prison Diary During the Japanese Occupation

Conrado Gar. Agustin  (Author).  Publisher:  MCS Enterprises (Illustrated)


This diary was undertaken with great personal risk. Writing materials were forbidden and were obtained only by enterprising means.  The diary was sewn in the author's pillow case, and thus survived the frequent occasions when ubiquitous Japanese guards turned the prisoners' bunks sad meager possessions topsy-turvy in  surprise searches for contraband, letters and other print­ed matters. It was subsequently slipped out of prison when the author, together  with other sickly and undernourished Military Prisoners, were liberated by the Guerrillas on February 5, 1945.


The Great Raid on Cabanatuan:

Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor

William B. Breuer (Author).  Publisher: Wiley;  (September 1994)


From the critically acclaimed author whom The Wall Street Journal called "a first-class historian," here is a riveting account of one of the most spectacular rescue operations in history. On January 30, 1945, American troops staged a successful raid on Cabanatuan, a notorious Japanese POW camp where thousands of prisoners had been tortured and died.


The Cabanatuan Prison Raid - The Philippines 1945

Gordon Rottman (Author), Mariusz Kozik, Howard Gerrard (Illustrators)

Publisher: Osprey Publishing (October 20, 2009)


On January 27, 1945, the 6th Ranger Battalion and the 6th Army Special Reconnaissance Unit (the Alamo Scouts) began the most dangerous and important mission of their careers -  to rescue 500 American, British and Dutch prisoners-of-war held at a camp near Cabanatuan.


Escape From Davao:

The Forgotten Story of the Most Daring Prison Break of the Pacific War

John D.Lukacs (Author).  Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Edition (May 11, 2010)


On April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan's most notorious prison camps, Davao Penal Colony. The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor



The Los Banos Prison Camp Raid - The Philippines 1945

Gordon Rottman (Author), Johnny Shumate (Illustrator)

Publisher: Osprey Publishing; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)


The story of one of World War II's most masterfully executed raids. On the southwest shore of Laguna de Bay, near a village of the same name, stood the Los Banos Internment Camp. Held within were over 2,000 starving men, women, and children, guarded by 250 Japanese soldiers, and surrounded by several thousand more in the nearby countryside.



The Battle for Manila

Richard Connaughton (Author).   Publisher: Presidio Press (January 3, 2002)


A detailed account of the liberation/destruction of Manila, which left 6,500 American, 20,000 Japanese, and 200,000 Manila citizens dead and leveled the thriving, cosmopolitan city once known as the pearl of the Orient.



Within the Walls of Santo Tomas

Betty Byron with Cassius Mullen (Authors).  Publisher: Tate Publishing (2011)


Former army nurse Molly Martin has never forgotten her experience in the internment camp at Santo Tomas University during World War II. The horrors she witnessed are burned in her brain, along with the memories of the people who walked with her through hell and the enemies who put them all through it.



The Philippines in World War II, 1941-1945:

A Chronology and Select Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles in English

Walter F. Bell  (Author).  Publisher: Greenwood (December 30, 1999)


Because of their strategic location, the Philippines exercised a profound influence in the thinking of both Japanese and American strategists before and during World War II. A number of controversies surrounding the preparations for war, the initial defense of the islands, the Japanese occupation, the conduct of guerrilla operations, and the 1944-1945 American campaign to retake the islands still draw the interest of students and scholars.



The Fall of the Philippines 1941-42

Clayton Chun (Author), Howard Gerrard (Illustrator)

Publication Date: April 17, 2012 | Series: Campaign (Book 243)


The Philippine Islands were one of two major US bases in the Pacific, the other being Pearl Harbor. The Japanese considered the capture of the Philippines crucial for its efforts to control resource-laden Southeast Asia. As opposed to its attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese intention was to invade and occupy the Philippines.


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