Osprey Publications 7243 Fall of the Philippines 1941-42In the immediate aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese launched an attack on the Philippines to eliminate the United States' other major Pacific naval base. Catching the US forces completely by surprise, the Japanese bombed the major airfields and quickly gained air supremacy. They followed with a full-scale invasion that quickly rolled up US-Filipino opposition and captured Manila. Meanwhile US forces, under the leadership of the Douglas MacArthur, created a series of defensive lines to try and stop the Japanese advance. Despite their efforts, they were continually pushed back until they held nothing more than the small island of Corregidor. Facing impending defeat, Douglas MacArthur was ordered to fly to safety in Australia, vowing to return. Nearly 5 months after the invasion began, the US-Filipino forces surrendered, and were led off on the 'Bataan Death March'. Covers the full campaign from planning to execution, looking at the various battles and strategies employed by both sides. Campaign 243; Chun; 96 pages.