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LAPHAM'S RAIDERS- Guerrillas in the Philippines 1942-1945. The incredible, little known story of the U.S.-backed Filipino guerrilla force which held the Japanese at bay for three years.
LAPHAM'S RAIDERS- Guerrillas in the Philippines 1942-1945.
The incredible, little known story of the U.S.-backed Filipino guerrilla force which held the Japanese at bay for three years.
Lapham?s Raiders is the memoir of one man's guerrilla experiences. A collaboration between Lapham and historian Bernard Norling, the book also offers a detailed assessment of the most extensive land campaign in the Pacific war and a vivid portrayal of Allied guerrilla activity. Through letters, records and the recollections of Lapham and others, the drama of the "mean, dirty, brutal struggle to the death" of guerrilla warfare in the Pacific theater is reconstructed and waged again within these pages.
After emerging from the jungles of Bataan and in the face of daunting odds, Lapham built from scratch and commanded a devastating guerrilla force behind enemy lines. His Luzon Guerrilla Armed Forces (LGAF) evolved into an army of thirteen thousand men that eventually controlled the entire northern half of Luzon's great Central Plain, an area of several thousand square miles.
Under Lapham the LGAF persistently and effectively badgered Japanese occupation forces and, most important, gathered vital intelligence. Prior to the 6th Army invasion at Lingayan Gulf in early 1945, the LGAF wrecked Japanese communicators, facilitated the landing of American soldiers, and played a central role in the eventual Allied victory.
This personal account of the Luzon guerrilla operations is woven into the larger context of the war. Lapham and Norling shed light on the clandestine activities of the LGAF and other guerrilla operations, assess the damages of war to the Filipino people, and discuss the United States' postwar treatment of the newly independent Philippine nation. They also offer a fuller understanding of Japan's wartime failures in the Philippines, the Pacific, and elsewhere in Asia, and of America's postwar failure to fully realize opportunities there.
Lapham's Raiders is an important contribution to the history of the long Allied campaign on Luzon and of World War II. It is, finally, a testimony to the heroic struggle of a few courageous Americans and their Filipino allies and to the costs and consequences of war.
At war's end Robert Lapham was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General Douglas MacArthur and the Legion of Honor by the Philippine government. He is retired from the Burroughs Corporation.
Bernard Norling was professor of history at the University of
Notre Dame for thirty-five years. Now retired, he has authored or co-authored six books.
312 pages. Photographs. 6"x9".