The Fightin' Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor

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Texas A&M University Press, Apr 8, 2016 - History - 256 pages
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By any measure, the battles of Bataan and Corregidor were among the most intensely fought and devastating episodes in the World War II Pacific theater. Beginning in early 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army invaded the Philippines in an attempt to control the Pacific region and expand its sphere of influence. The defense and last stand of Filipino and American allied forces marked the largest surrender in their respective military histories. Their efforts slowed the Japanese advance but only at great cost.

John A. Adams Jr. provides a new and compelling exploration of these pivotal events by recounting the history of Bataan and Corregidor through the eyes of 89 soldiers and officers who were former students and citizen soldiers from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. All were products of the Corps of Cadets, and indeed no other institution could boast of such a large deployment in the opening of the war.

While many words have been written on Bataan and Corregidor, none have taken the approach of collective biography as The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor does here. As a result, this book is not only a new contribution to the history of World War II but also stands to be a landmark publication on the history of Texas A&M University.
 

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Contents

DOOMED FROM THE START
1
THE SIEGE OF BATAAN
35
WE ARE NOT BARBARIANS
71
THE ROCK
99
YOU ARE SLAVES OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE
135
HELL ON THE HIGH SEAS
167
PER UNITATEM VIS
193
APPENDIX 1
205
APPENDIX 2
207
APPENDIX 3
209
APPENDIX 4
213
NOTES
225
BIBLIOGRAPHY
263
INDEX
279
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About the author (2016)

JOHN A. ADAMS JR. ’73 is the author of Keepers of the Spirit: The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876–2001 and Softly Call the Muster: The Evolution of a Texas Aggie Tradition. He resides in College Station.

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