Monday, May 6, 2013

The Fall of Corregidor

On May 6, 1942, Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright surrendered all his forces to General Masaharu Homma of the Imperial Japanese Army. This is now known in history as the Fall of Corregidor.

General Wainwright has this to say of his decision to surrender... "There is a limit of human endurance, and that point has long been passed."

Though Wainwright only wished to surrender the soldiers in Corregidor, Japanese General Homma insisted he surrender all US and Filipino forces in the Philippines which Wainwright complied. As a result, Major General William Sharp's Visayan-Mindanao Forces were forced to surrender without having played a role in the campaign.

The Japanese issued stamps to commemorate their victory in Corregidor as well as in Bataan. 

See the Japanese Occupation stamps of this historic event and other World War II themed stamps featuring my collections at Cebu Stamp Club's ongoing historical philatelic exhibit, Selyo ug Kasaysayan sa Fort at Cuerpo de Guardia, Fort San Pedro, Cebu City.

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