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Command and Control of Guerrilla Groups in the Philippines, 1941-1945

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Technical Report,05 Jun 2016,25 May 2017

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US Army School for Advanced Military Studies Fort Leavenworth United States

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This historical case study uses primary and secondary sources to examine guerrilla operations during the period from the Japanese invasion of the Philippines on December 8, 1941, to the liberation of Manila on March 4, 1945. Previous studies summarized guerrilla activities but did not focus on command and control. This study focuses on the command and control relationship between Southwest Pacific Area Headquarters and guerrilla forces. This examination consists of five sections. First, the introduction provides background and a literature review. Second, it reviews the command and control relationship with Col. Wendell Fertigs guerrillas on Mindanao. Third, it reviews the command and control relationships on Luzon. Fourth and finally, it concludes with summary observations and analysis of whether command and control mechanisms allowed Southwest Pacific Area and subordinate headquarters to arrange guerrilla operations in time, space, and purpose toward strategic objectives.

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  • Unconventional Warfare
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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