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March 3, 1945: At least 100,000 perish as Manila is liberated

The Battle of Manila — one of the greatest tragedies of World War Two — finally ended on March 3, 1945. To give some context to the utter destruction of the city, by some estimates, the civilian death toll of 100,000 exceeded that of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. It also…





The last Samurai: The Japanese soldier who refused to surrender

For most people, World War Two ended with explosions that shook the world, and led to the Japanese surrender at Baguio. However, for Hiroo Onoda the war didn’t end until his former commander travelled to the jungles of the Philippines to relieve him of his duties in 1974. In the…