The Intrepid Guerrillas of North Luzon

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University Press of Kentucky, Jun 1, 2005 - History - 284 pages
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" Following the Japanese invasion of the islands in 1942, North Luzon was the staging area for several Filipino-American guerrilla bands who sought to gather intelligence and to destroy enemy military installations or supplies. Bernard Norling focuses on the Cagayan-Apayao Forces, or CAF, commanded by Maj. Ralph Praeger. Their bravery was unquestionable, but by September 1943 all but one member of Troop C had been claimed by combat, enemy capture, or disease. The only survivor, Capt. Thomas S. Jones, remembered, ""Defeat is a terrible thing.... It brings down with it the whole structure about which a nation or an army has been built. It subjects men to the most severe of moral tests at a time when they are physically least able to meet them."" Based primarily upon unpublished sources, The Intrepid Guerrillas of North Luzon includes the diary of Praeger's executive officer, Jones, and draws on transcripts of radio communications between Praeger and General MacArthur's headquarters in Australia. The struggles of the men of the CAF tell a harrowing tale of valor, determination, and occasional successes mixed with the wildcat schemes, rivalries, mistrust, and betrayals that characterized the intramural relations of guerrilla forces all over the Pacific islands.

 

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Contents

The Guerrilla War Begins
1
The Philippines in 1941
19
The Road to Tuguegarao
43
The Road to Kabugao
63
The Tribulations of Colonel Horan and Associates
83
The Troubles Worsen
101
Interlude at Kabugao Summer 1942
117
Serious War Returns Defeats and Losses Accumulate
145
The Disastrous Enterprises of Lieutenant Colonels Moses and Noble
175
The Clouds Gather Spring 1943
189
The Curtain Comes Down
209
Epilogue
229
Notes
243
Bibliography
269
Index
275
Copyright

Civil Government in CagayanApayao Late 1942
163

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Bernard Norling, professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, is the author of Behind Japanese Lines and Lapham's Raiders.

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