In the span of 28 days, Japanese forces ravaged the once-beautiful Philippine capital, Manila. From February 3, 1945 to March 3 of the same year, Filipino and American soldiers went head to head with Japanese invaders. Ultimately, the battle ended in a blood bath of massive proportions that left the city totally devastated.
Below are 18 vintage photos from the collection of pilot, photographer, and collector John Tewell that show the city and its people before invasion and after the Battle of Manila.
|G. Koba Yashi Building (1940) just before the bombing and invasion by the Japanese. Manila, Philippines, late 1941.|
|Nippon Bazar. Manila, Philippines, late 1941.|
|Toyko Bazar. Manila, Philippines, Dec. 1, 1941. A view of Toyko Bazar still open and doing business in Manila one week before Japan bombed and invaded the Philippines.|
|Inside Quiapo Church looking out just before the bombing and invasion by the Japanese late 1941. Manila, Philippines.|
|American soldiers entering Intramuros. Manila, Philippines, March 2, 1945.|
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