With this episode, the podcast narrative about World War II in the Philippines is concluded. Here is the story of how the US 8th Army, with the help of Filipino guerrillas, took back the central and southern Philippines, also known as the Visayas and Mindanao, from the Japanese in 1945.
Episode 53 of the podcast arrives three days late. Sorry about that, but real life got in the way, and I had to make sure everything sounded right. Here the American campaign in the Philippines continues into 1945. Now that the Japanese fleet has been mostly destroyed, and the Americans have taken back Manila, they and the Filipino guerrillas go on to free the rest of the main island, Luzon.
The latest episode of the podcast continues, but doesn’t quite finish, what we started in Episode 50, the American campaign to liberate the Philippines. General Douglas MacArthur’s troops take the central islands of Leyte and Mindoro, then land on the main island, Luzon. The campaign culminates with the terrible battle for Manila in February 1945.
The podcast is back on schedule! We are now caught up; the two latest episodes went up on the days they would have been uploaded if Episodes 48 & 49 hadn’t been late.
Episode 50 begins a series on the battles fought in the Philippines during 1944 and 1945, pitting the Americans and Filipinos against the Japanese. Here we will see General Douglas MacArthur land the US 6th Army on the island of Leyte, thereby keeping the promise he made two years earlier. Then the entire Japanese Navy will gather in the waters around Leyte to stop the landing, resulting in the biggest naval battle in all of World War II. Finally we will see the first use of Japan’s desperate last tactic, kamikaze planes.
For Episode 51 the podcast takes a break from the usual routine, and you will hear me answer the questions which you the listeners sent in over the past month or two. Listen and enjoy!
Because the previous episode of the podcast came out a week late, I put the pedal to the metal and got Episode 49 done in twelve days, so I’m starting to catch up!
Today we look at the climax of World War II in the China-Burma-India theater. Here in 1944, Japan invaded India, and launched its last offensive in China, while the American general Joseph Stilwell led a campaign to take back northern Burma.
Episode 48 of the podcast is finally up! Originally I was planning to have it finished by July 16, but several factors came together to make it late, from a week-long trip out of town to a fierce storm that has knocked out power in my home city. Still, I did not rush the recording, because as they say, haste makes waste. I have learned that if I get it right the first time, I won’t have to redo it later.
Anyway, with this episode the podcast returns to Southeast Asia during World War II. This time we look at what happened in Burma, modern-day Myanmar, from the middle of 1942 until early 1944.
With today’s episode, the podcast finishes covering World War II in New Guinea. Although the war turned in the Allies’ favor in 1942, the struggle here would go on until the war ended everywhere else. The Allies find out that in every territory occupied by Japan, it is at least twice as hard to drive the Japanese out, as it was for the Japanese to invade the territory in the first place. Also, today is the second anniversary of the podcast’s launching. Happy birthday, podcast!