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No ‘carpet bombing’ in 1945

05:01 AM October 15, 2018

In the article “Intramuros, Fort San Antonio Abad declared National Cultural Treasures” (Lifestyle, 10/8/18) on Manila’s fortifications, particularly Intramuros, reference was made to “the carpet bombing of Manila by the returning American forces in 1945.”

As a survivor of that battle, I can testify that there was no such “carpet bombing.” Gen. Douglas MacArthur had prohibited the use of airpower in the battle for Manila.

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However, he could not prevent his ground commanders, who were encountering stubborn Japanese resistance, from employing artillery fire, which was heavy.

BENITO LEGARDA JR., former member, National Historical Commission, [email protected]

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