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World War II

Philippines Campaign (1941–42) Japanese Occupation of the Philippines (1942-1944) Philippines Campaign (1944–45)

Commanders

Field Marshal GA Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
(USAFFE)

President Pres. Manuel L. Quezon
Manuel L. Quezon
(1935-44) Pres. Sergio Osmeña
Sergio Osmeña
(1944-46)

Notable commanders Major General
Major General
Jose J. Delos Reyes, AFP (1936) Major General
Major General
Paulino Santos, AFP (1936) Major General
Major General
Basilio J. Valdez, AFP (1939–1945) Major General
Major General
Rafael Jalandoni, AFP (1945–1946)

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Military operations of the Philippine Army
Army
during World War II

Japanese invasion (1941-1942)

Batan Island Vigan Aparri Camiguin Island Gonzaga Legaspi Naga Davao Bacnotan Lingayen Gulf Sipoco Jolo Island Piis Bataan Death march Corregidor Luzon Visayas Mindanao

The Philippine Army
Army
was established in December 1935.[citation needed] It was founded on December 21, 1935 with a general headquarters in Manila, and units and formations based throughout the provinces of the Philippines. The Philippine Army
Army
was initially organized under the National Defense Act of 1935 (Commonwealth Act No. 1) that formally created the Armed Forces of the Philippines.[1][2] Certain components of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
Armed Forces of the Philippines
were under the control of the United States
United States
Army
Army
Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) from 1941 to 1946, after the entry of the U.S. into World War II.

Contents

1 Origin 2 History

2.1 Pre- World War II
World War II
(1935–41) 2.2 Mobilisation as part of U.S. Army
Army
Forces Far East

3 Commanders 4 References 5 Bibliography 6 Further reading

Origin[edit] Before the establishment of the Commonwealth Government in 1935, no effort was made for self-defense by Philippine forces since the United States assumed responsibility for the defense of the islands.[3] An immediate concern of the commonwealth government was the defense of an emerging nation.[4] President-elect Manuel L. Quezon
Manuel L. Quezon
convinced his friend, General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
(Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army), to organize a national army with Franklin D. Roosevelt's agreement in the summer of 1935.[4] MacArthur had unusually-broad authority to deal with the Secretary of War
Secretary of War
and the Chief of Staff as military adviser to the commonwealth government to organize a Philippine national army.[4] MacArthur had broad authority to deal with the United States
United States
Secretary of War, his successor as the Army
Army
Chief of Staff, and the United States Army
Army
Philippine Department
Philippine Department
and its commander Major General Lucius R. Holbrook (who had been told that his most important peacetime mission was to assist MacArthur in forming a Philippine force capable of defending the islands).[4] MacArthur selected Majors Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower
and James B. Ord
James B. Ord
as his assistants; they and a committee at the Army
Army
War College prepared plans for the defense of the Philippine Commonwealth, with a target of independence in 1946.[4] The plan called for a small regular army with divisions of about 7,500 men, conscription of all men between twenty-one and fifty years of age and a ten-year training program to build a reserve army, a small air force and a fleet of torpedo boats capable of repelling an enemy.[5] The Philippine National Assembly's first act was the passage of the National Defense Act on 21 December 1935, with initial plans for a 10,000-man regular force based on the incorporation of the Philippine Constabulary and a 400,000-man reserve force by 1946 and a West-Point-type military academy in Baguio
Baguio
on Luzon.[6] Quezon noted that there was inadequate funds and time to build an effective naval defense force; the act provided for no navy, but an Offshore Patrol within the army.[7] The offshore patrol would be based on British-designed fast torpedo boats, with an anticipated thirty-six boats under contract by 1946.[8] The Philippine Army
Army
Air Corps would, by that time, have about 100 bombers and additional tactical aircraft in support of the offshore patrol in coastal defense.[8] The Commonwealth would have ten military districts (comparable to corps areas in the United States), each able to provide an initial reserve division (growing to three) with full development of the reserve force.[6] In a 1936 speech MacArthur described the force's function as making an invasion so costly that no nation would make the attempt, emphasizing the islands' terrain as making penetration nearly impossible.[9] Development was slow; 1936 was largely devoted to building camps and facilities, with the first conscripts called up on 1 January 1937.[10] A major problem was the formation of a military-officer corps, with constabulary officers trained in law enforcement and limited numbers of Philippine Scouts
Philippine Scouts
officers becoming senior officers in the new force.[10] By the end of 1939, the reserve force numbered 104,000 men and 4,800 officers.[10] The Philippine Army
Army
Air Corps had about forty planes and a hundred trained pilots by 1940.[11] The offshore patrol's development was more problematic, with only two British boats delivered before the war in Europe cut off further deliveries and a struggle to build boats under license locally produced only one boat by October 1941.[11] President Quezon and others recognized that the naval defense was inadequate protection against a first-rate naval power, but the Philippines had neither the money nor industrial base to provide adequate naval force and relied on the assumption that the United States
United States
Navy would not idly stand by if the Philippines were attacked.[11] When the war with Japan began, the Philippine Army
Army
was six years from its founding in December 1935 and about five years from the 1946 date at which it was to be fully operational.[12] The naval force which was to protect it against a first-rate naval power was in ruins at Pearl Harbor;[12] the Japanese had pilots standing by fueled-and-loaded bombers in Formosa, prepared to strike the Philippines.[13] History[edit] Pre- World War II
World War II
(1935–41)[edit] The Commonwealth of the Philippines
Commonwealth of the Philippines
was formed on November 15, 1935 as a step towards independence from the United States, which had governed the islands since 1898. The Army
Army
of the Philippines was initially organized under the National Defense Act of 1935
National Defense Act of 1935
(Commonwealth Act No. 1), which specified that presidential appointments to grades above third lieutenant should be made from former holders of reserve commissions in the United States
United States
Army
Army
and former Philippine Scouts
Philippine Scouts
and Constabulary officers. After the establishment of the commonwealth, Manuel L. Quezon, its first president, sought the services of General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
to evolve a national-defense plan. On December 21, 1935, the Army
Army
of the Philippines was established. The act set forth the organizational structure of the army and enlistment and mobilization procedures.

Philippine Army
Army
personnel in Davao

The army's development was slow. In 1936 a general headquarters and camps were built, cadres were organized and instructors, drawn largely from the Philippine Constabulary, were trained. The commander of the Philippine Department
Philippine Department
provided Philippine Scouts
Philippine Scouts
as instructors and detailed U.S. Army
Army
officers to assist in the inspection, instruction and administration of the program. By the end of the year, instructors were trained and camps (including general headquarters) established. The first group of 20,000 to 40,000 men was called up on January 1, 1937, and by the end of 1939 there were 4,800 officers and 104,000 men in the reserves. Infantry training was provided at camps throughout the Philippines; field-artillery training was concentrated near the U.S. Army's Fort Stotsenburg
Fort Stotsenburg
(near Angeles City
Angeles City
in the province of Pampanga, about fifty miles north of Manila) and specialized training was provided at Fort William McKinley, south of Manila. Coast artillery instruction was carried out at Fort Stotsenburg
Fort Stotsenburg
and Grande Island, in Subic Bay, by personnel supplied largely by the American commander at Corregidor. Mobilisation as part of U.S. Army
Army
Forces Far East[edit] With the threat of war with the Empire of Japan
Empire of Japan
imminent, on July 26, 1941 a new U.S. command in the Far East, the United States
United States
Army
Army
Forces Far East (USAFFE), was created under Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
(who also became a Philippine Field Marshal). That day, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a presidential order (6 Fed. Reg. 3825) calling "all the organized military forces of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines" into the service of the U.S. armed forces.[14] Despite the order's wording, it did not order all the military forces of the Philippine Commonwealth government into the service of the United States; only those units and personnel indicated in orders issued by a general officer of the United States
United States
Army
Army
were mobilized and made an integral part of the USAFFE, and only those members of a unit who physically reported for duty were inducted. With an annual appropriation of almost ₱16 million, the mobilized units trained new Filipino members in defense. The Philippine Army
Army
was drawn from local Christian and Muslim Filipinos, including native Filipinos, Filipino-Mestizos, Spanish-Filipinos, Chinese-Filipinos
Chinese-Filipinos
and Moro-Filipinos. By the time of the Japanese invasion the 10 reserve divisions were about two-thirds mobilized, for a force of 100,000 "poorly equipped and trained" troops. The Philippine Scouts
Philippine Scouts
numbered about 12,000.[15] The army was primarily infantry, with some combat engineers and artillery.[16] At that time there were two regular and ten reserve divisions in the Army
Army
of the Philippines, spread across officers in general headquarters, camps in Manila
Manila
and across the country. This included the North Luzon Force under Major General
Major General
Jonathan M. Wainwright); the South Luzon Force, activated on December 13, 1941 under Brig. Gen. George M. Parker; the Visayan-Mindanao Force under Maj. Gen. William F. Sharp in the southern islands (61st, 81st, and 101st Infantry Divisions and three other infantry regiments),[17] and the reserve force. The North Luzon Force included the 11th, 21st, and 31st reserve infantry divisions. The South Luzon Force
South Luzon Force
included the 1st (regular) Division and the reserve 41st, 51st and 71st Divisions. After the war ended, the Army
Army
was reorganised into the Philippine Armed Forces. Commanders[edit] Main article: Commanding General of the Philippine Army References[edit]

^ Jose, Ricardo Trota (1992). The Philippine Army: 1935–1942. Ateneo University Press. pp. 23–49. ISBN 978-971-550-081-4.  ^ "Commonwealth Act No. 1". Philippine Laws, Statutes, and Codes. Chan Robles Law Library. December 21, 1935.  ^ Morton 1993, pp. 8—9. ^ a b c d e Morton 1993, p. 9. ^ Morton 1993, pp. 9—10. ^ a b Morton 1993, p. 10. ^ Morton 1993, pp. 10—11. ^ a b Morton 1993, p. 11. ^ Morton 1993, pp. 11—12. ^ a b c Morton 1993, p. 12. ^ a b c Morton 1993, p. 13. ^ a b Morton 1993, p. 79. ^ Morton 1993, p. 80. ^ Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1941). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: F.D. Roosevelt, 1941, Volume 10. Harper. ISBN 9781623769703.  ^ Chapter III: The Reinforcement of the Philippines The Fall of the Philippines US Army
Army
in WWII: The War in the Pacific p50 ^ Chapter IV: Prewar Plans, Japanese and American p58 ^ "Sharp, William Frederick (1885-1947)", The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia, archived from the original on October 12, 2007, retrieved January 13, 2016 

Bibliography[edit]

Gill, G. Hermon (1957). Royal Australian Navy 1939–1942. Australia in the War of 1939–1945. Series 2 – Navy. 1. Canberra: Australian War Memorial. LCCN 58037940. Retrieved 12 November 2014.  Morton, Lewis (1993). The War in the Pacific: The Fall Of The Philippines. United States
United States
Army
Army
In World War II. Washington, D.C.: Center Of Military History, United States
United States
Army. LCCN 53063678. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

Ricardo Trota Jose. Philippine Army
Army
(1935–1942). Roderick Hall Collection.  Cesar P. Pobre (2000). History of the Armed Forces of the Filipino People. New Day Publishers. ISBN 9789711010416.  Bell, Walter F. (December 30, 1999). The Philippines in World War II, 1941–1945: A Chronology and Select Annotated Bibliography of Books and Articles in English (First ed.). Greenwood.  Lee, Ernesto (May 27, 2010). World War II
World War II
Philippines. Xlibris Corporation. [self-published source?] Marquez, Adalia; Romulo, Carlos P. (March 15, 2014). Blood on the Rising Sun: The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. CreateSpace Independent Publishi

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