Lapham's Raiders

Lapham s Raiders On December the day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands catching American forces unprepared and forcing their eventual surrender Among the

  • Title: Lapham's Raiders
  • Author: Robert Lapham Bernard Norling
  • ISBN: 9780813119496
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On December 8, 1941, the day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands, catching American forces unprepared and forcing their eventual surrender Among the American soldiers who managed to avoid capture was twenty five year old Lieutenant Robert Lapham, who was to play a major role in the resistance to the brutal Japanese occupaOn December 8, 1941, the day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese invaded the Philippine Islands, catching American forces unprepared and forcing their eventual surrender Among the American soldiers who managed to avoid capture was twenty five year old Lieutenant Robert Lapham, who was to play a major role in the resistance to the brutal Japanese occupation Lapham s Raiders is the memoir of one man s guerrilla experiences A collaboration between Lapham and historian Bernard Norling, the book also offers a detailed assessment of the most extensive land campaign in the Pacific war and a vivid portrayal of Allied guerrilla activity Through letters, records and the recollections of Lapham and others, the drama of the mean, dirty, brutal struggle to the death of guerrilla warfare in the Pacific theater is reconstructed and waged again within these pages After emerging from the jungles of Bataan and in the face of daunting odds, Lapham built from scratch and commanded a devastating guerrilla force behind enemy lines His Luzon Guerrilla Armed Forces LGAF evolved into an army of thirteen thousand men that eventually controlled the entire northern half of Luzon s great Central Plain, an area of several thousand square miles Lapham and Norling shed light on the clandestine activities of the LGAF and other guerrilla operations, assess the damages of war to the Filipino people, and discuss the United States postwar treatment of the newly independent Philippine nation They also offer a fuller understanding of Japan s wartime failures in the Philippines, the Pacific, and elsewhere in Asia, and of America s postwar failure to fully realize opportunities there.

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    1. Read in research. Good source for first hand knowledge of guerrilla in Luzon during WW II. If you are a buff on history, read it.

    2. Robert Lapham and co-writer Bernard Norling have presented a detailed and engrossing account of life for American and Filipino guerrillas after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. After avoiding capture by the Japanese in the jungles of Bataan, Lapham was able to build and command the Luzon Guerrilla Armed Forces (LGAF). By end of the liberation of the Philippines, the LGAF numbered 13,000 armed and trained American and Filipino guerrillas. Lapham's Raiders is written in the first person and prov [...]

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