Battle of Manila: Offensive, Deliberate Attack, MOUT, January-February 1945
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST
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The main purpose of the enemy in defending Manila was threefold to effect maximum attrition of US forces, to delay the occupation and use of the Port of Manila as long as possible, and to cripple the city as a base for future military operations and as a center for civilian production and government control. There was no effort to evacuate the civilian populace. Enemy strong points with heavy anti-armor weapons were established behind barricades, in buildings by uncoordinated groups. Instructions for the enemy were to fight until death. Excellent operation to assess the value of espionage and counter- espionage, chemical warfare and use of armor in a built-up area. Offensive techniques such as the use of flame throwers, night operations and observations posts, methods of assault and deployment techniques can be analyzed.
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