The Philippine Guerrilla Notes of Mindanao Island



After the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands at the outset of World War II they quickly occupied the coastal areas and principal cities throughout the archipelago. Upon the fall of Bataan and Corregidor in March 1942, it was thought that all major resistance had ended. This was not the case, however, as many Americans and Filipinos escaped to fight another day.

Groups of guerrilla fighters gradually formed in the remote mountainous interiors of the larger islands in order to assault the Japanese whenever surprise and advantage offered an opportunity. These men and their Filipino compatriots lived a life in the jungle which was fraught with peril. This is the story of but one such group, the guerrilla forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Willard Fertig. These men fought, harassed and resisted the Japanese on Mindanao Island until the end, in the process creating their own currency with which to carry out their war.


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