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HappyHussar30 Nov 2019 10:41 p.m. PST

How many Filipino units are we talking about that supported the US invasion of the island of Leyte in 1944? Just guerillas or were they organized into units?

Legion 408 Dec 2019 7:30 a.m. PST

As far as I know they were just Guerillas. And IIRC, there were both Nationalists and Communists groups … As well as a few US "stay behinds" that didn't leave or get captured/or escaped. And ran an insurgency along with the Filipino Guerillas.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2019 6:40 a.m. PST

Here is an extract of the Army "Green" book with extensive OB. There are no Filipino units listed. If you scroll down you can click on a picture of Filipino guerrillas as well as a picture of Filipino carriers providing supply support:
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Here is the official Philippines website about the battle. They mention 3,500 guerrillas but no regular forces:
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Legion 409 Dec 2019 7:50 a.m. PST

That is pretty much what I thought. The movie "The Great Raid" made about 10-15 years ago. Does a pretty good job showing the Filipino Guerillas working with elements of the US 6th RANGER Bn and US Alamo Scouts. Raiding a IJF's POW Camp, to rescued interned Allied POWs, mostly US. Very successful mission too.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Dec 2019 9:30 a.m. PST

And of course "Back to Bataan" with John Wayne :)

HappyHussar09 Dec 2019 9:56 a.m. PST

Thanks for the replies. I also note that the Leyte operation featured a very rare Japanese airborne assualt!

Legion 409 Dec 2019 3:57 p.m. PST

Very rare and they generally took excessive losses. Like many of their ops …

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