Saturday, October 22, 2011

Terror in Manila: February 1945 – An Abridged Translation of El Terror Amarillo en Filipinas by Antonio Perez de Olaguer

Title: Terror in Manila: February 1945 – An Abridged Translation of El Terror Amarillo en Filipinas by Antonio Perez de Olaguer
Author: Translated by Trinidad O. Regala / Edited by Bernardita Reyes Churchill
Synopsis: The biggest crime in Philippine history was the sack of Manila in February 1945 by the Japanese military forces. No other single event in our history even remotely comes near it, in the extent of destruction and the number of casualties. February 1945 stands in glaring contrast to December 1941, when MacArthur declared Manila an open city and left a functioning urban entity with all public services intact. At the end of February 1945, however, what remained standing in Manila was without water, electricity, telephone service and public transport. The Japanese had done their best to make the city uninhabitable. The author, as a Spanish journalist, depended greatly on Spanish sources, but these sources give us a good view of the general picture. For example, 1,600 men were taken to Fort Santiago during the battle. About 150 were Spaniards, but the few who survived gave us an idea of what happened to the hundreds of Filipinos. Thus the author’s Spanish nationality, rather than being an obstacle to undertaking, is a window to the larger picture of the inferno that Manila suffered through February in 1945.
Year Published: 2005, Manila, Philippines
ISBN: 971-93217-0-9
Format: Softbound, bookpaper
Size: 9.1 x 6 inches
No. of Pages: 325 pages
Condition: This book is brand-new; corners are very slightly bumped; virtually no shelf-wear; overall EXCELLENT condition
Weight: 515 grams

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HAC Code: 3F0037

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