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The Battle Of Manila (1945)
Built as my entry for my MOC-Off against Lt. John Harland. Enjoy this Philippine History lesson! Link to Lt. John Harland's homepage: <a href=http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/23151> Lt. John Harland </a>
About this creation


The Battle of Manila from 3 February to 3 March 1945, fought by American, Filipino and Japanese forces, was part of the Philippines' 1945 campaign.



The arch in this MOC is the Fort Santiago gate in Intramuros(old Spanish fort), Manila.



The one-month battle, which culminated in a terrible bloodbath and total devastation of the city, was the scene of the worst urban fighting in the Pacific theater, and ended almost three years of Japanese military occupation in the Philippines (1942–1945).





An M4 Sherman Tank.



The Fort Santiago Gate, as well as most of Intramuros, was heavily damaged due to Japanese air strikes and heavy artillery by the American forces.






Many buildings, whether public or government, were reduced to rubble due to fierce fighting. The Japanese added to the destruction by demolishing buildings and military installations as they withdrew.



Notice the charred body below the rubble.



Air strikes from the Japanese and fire from American Howitzers caused extensive damage. The American bombardment of Manila contributed as well.



An estimated 100,000 Filipino civilians were killed, both deliberately by the Japanese and by artillery and air strikes from the American forces. American tanks attacked one building after another and killed the Japanese—and often the trapped Filipino civilians—inside, without differentiation.



35,000 American troops converged on Manila from all sides. In the end, 1010 soldiers were killed and 5565 were wounded.



They were led by four American commanders(Oscar Griswold, Robert S. Beightler, Verne D. Mudge and Joseph M. Swing) as well as one Filipino general(Alfredo M. Santos). Pictured here is Major General Robert S. Beightler.



Filipino guerrillas provided intelligence to the American forces, who found intact bridges and shallow rivers everywhere they went.



An abandoned Japanese heavy machine gun turret. The Japanese set up these outposts around Manila, to repel the incoming Americans and Filipino troops.



Dead Japanese soldiers. 12,000 Japanese soldiers and marines were killed in this battle. Only 2000 survived.



A dead Japanese soldier, slumped on a mortar.



Dead Japanese officer, killed by his own hand. Notice the bloody sword beside him.

With Intramuros secured on 4 March, 1945, Manila was officially liberated, but large areas of the city had been leveled. 16,665 Japanese dead were counted within Intramuros alone. In the month-long battle, the Americans and Japanese inflicted worse destruction on Manila than the German Luftwaffe had exacted upon London,[10] which resulted in the destruction of the city and in a death toll comparable to that of the Tokyo firebombing or the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Forth Wall Commentary:
This is my second WWII diorama so far. I think I did quite well on this MOC. And yes, the Sherman is only half a tank. I would have built a whole Sherman, but I did not have enough threads. Hopefully I'll build a full M4 Sherman sometime next year. Hope I beat Lt. John Harland.

Information taken from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_%281945%29

PLEASE RATE AND COMMENT! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!



Comments

 I like it 
  January 31, 2011
Good diorama, the glass in the broken window is welldone!
 I made it 
  December 14, 2010
Quoting Lt. John Harland I'm really sorry about not posting my entry but I had a huge history test(two three page papers)due that week and I had to do those. congrats on beating me(I guess). If you want a re-match tell me and I'll make the arrangements. Okay?
Maybe next year, cause I'm on vacation till the 29th of December. I'll be happy to have a rematch.
 I like it 
  December 14, 2010
I'm really sorry about not posting my entry but I had a huge history test(two three page papers)due that week and I had to do those. congrats on beating me(I guess). If you want a re-match tell me and I'll make the arrangements. Okay?
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Good work I like the tank it's cool :D And I also like terret guns :D wish you have more imagination to build 5 *****
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Aw, you cut the tank in half =/. >Eric
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Awesome! Love the tank :D
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Very good!
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Wow, nice scene here! Keep it up. =D
 I like it 
  November 20, 2010
Nice tank and scene you made there!
Michael  Davadilla
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A. A. (AKA Noname)
  November 19, 2010
I agree with Shifu; you've managed to capture the whole battle in this scene. I also like how you distinguish the Filipino minifigures from the American minifigures.
Michael  Davadilla
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Koen Rademaker
  November 19, 2010
It's excellent. The tank, the gate, the figures are all very cool, also the background information is very good !
Michael  Davadilla
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Cade Goertzen
  November 19, 2010
purdy sweet man
 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
That shermie's awesome!
 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
mabuhay! i like the build, and 3 february is my b-day!
 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
Nice work, I like the tank.
 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
Simply Great Build!
 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
Impressive depiction of war!
 I like it 
  November 19, 2010
Very nice diorama! You have a lot of tan.
 
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