World War 2 Events by Country - Philippines


Listing of all day-by-day events of the Second World War related to the nation of Philippines.

World War 2 spanned across language barriers, cultures, and borders as it wreaked havoc around the globe. The conflict was made up of several major theaters - spanning nearly all oceans and continents - which contained many individual campaigns and, within these, key battles and events on both the military and political spectrums. The war was fought with equal fervor and verocity across the land, on the sea (and under it), and in the air as millions of men and women answered the call of their respective flags - or happened to find themselves in the war's path with no option but to fight. In the end, the fractured world opened its eyes to a new order - one that would usher in a whole new trial in the Cold War and lead to the establishment of dozens of independent countries heading towards the end of the century.

There are a total of (13) World War 2 Events by Country - Philippines events in the SecondWorldWarHistory.com database. Entries are listed below by date-of-occurrence ascending (first-to-last). Other leading and trailing events may also be included for perspective.
Day-by-Day Timeline of Events


Wednesday, December 10th, 1941

Along the north of Luzon - at Aparri, Gonzago and Vigan - two large Japanese Army forces land via amphibious assault.

Friday, December 12th, 1941

The airfields at Laoang and Tuguegarao fall to the Japanese invaders.

Monday, December 22nd, 1941

The Japanese 48th Division lands at Lingayen Bay on Luzon.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 1941

The order is given by American General Douglas MacArthur to retreat from Luzon and take up positions on the Bataan Peninsula.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 1941

MacArthur's forces are cut-off from further retreat by a Japanese Army force advancing from the south.

Thursday, December 25th, 1941

The Japanese 48th Division makes substantial progress against American forces, working their way towards the capital city of Manila.

Saturday, December 27th, 1941

The Philippine capital city of Manila eventually falls to the invading Japanese Army.

Friday, January 9th, 1942

The Japanese begin their offensive against the dug-in American forces on the Bataan Peninsula.

Friday, January 23rd, 1942

The American defensive lines finally break.

Tuesday, May 5th, 1942

The Japanese enact an offensive to take Corregidor Island, a strategic point providing access to Manila Bay.

Wednesday, May 6th, 1942

Corregidor Island falls to the Japanese, giving the invaders control over Manila Bay.

Thursday, July 12th, 1945

The Allies conduct an amphibious landing at Sarangini Bay in a step towards removing the Japanese defenders at Mindanao.

Thursday, July 26th, 1945

Japanese defenders on Mindanao in the Philippines are defeated.



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