Manila American Cemetery Part 1

Manila American Cemetery is the largest American battle monument from World War II. There are more than 17,000 graves and the names of a further 36,000 missing in action are inscribed on the memorial. Despite its brutal origins the cemetery is one of the most peaceful places in the city stretching across 150 acres of… Continue reading Manila American Cemetery Part 1

Manila American Cemetery Part 2

In the month long battle for Manila over 1,000 American soldiers died, more than 16,000 of the 17,000 Japanese military personnel died and at least 100,000 Filipino civilians were killed with some estimates suggesting up to 200,000 may have died. Of these civilians many were killed by the U.S. artillery fire while tens of thousands… Continue reading Manila American Cemetery Part 2

Manila American Cemetery Part 3

Despite all that the Philippines and Manila suffered during the war I could detect no animosity towards Japanese people among the Filipinos I met. I think this is remarkable but this generosity of spirit seems to be a national trait. Coming from Northern Ireland where we clutch our animosities tightly through generations this is particular… Continue reading Manila American Cemetery Part 3