Japanese wall of defense

Luzon's densely packed mountains and valleys, fields in the distance

Luzon’s densely packed mountains and valleys, fields in the distance

machine gun pillbox

machine gun pillbox

A reminder of what these soldiers were up against …
The stretch of blockhouses and pillboxes and tunnels, known as the Genko Line were filled with every imaginable weapon available from the Japanese arsenal. Along mountains, under fields and connecting the rolling hills lay the traps of heinous sorts silently in wait for any or all of the troopers.

The 1,200 two and three-story blockhouses entrenched with at least 6,000 enemy soldiers that lined the southern edge of Manila. A massive feat of ingenuity.

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The size of some of these tunnels amazed me, large enough for a boat or plane and some appear too small for a human to hide.

Japanese tunnel for a kamikaze squadron

Japanese tunnel for a kamikaze squadron

Also wanted to remind the reader that on You Tube – type in – Nasugbu landing 1945; Allied Forces Land In Japan (1945) and 11th Airborne to see quite a number of actual video footage from the war.

Thank you all for your loyalty and responses.

About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 23, 2013, in SMITTY, Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Hi GP. As someone who has always had a special interest in WW2 this blog has a lot of meaning for me. I was brought up on tales from the war by my father and has been part of my life ever since. Its not very often one gets so much detail and information recounting various battles. Thanks GP 🙂

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  2. benjie descallar

    hi! do you have more information on the Genko Line? i live very near the Paranaque River, and i didn’t know this featured with strong fortifications! message me, benjie.descallar@yahoo.com


  3. Have you been to that area? What can’t be seen or sensed in these photos is the climate… Horrendous humidity and likely tons of mosquitoes, all while in battle trying to stay alive and kill the opposing side. If you were wounded in this time frame (’44 to ’45), penicillin had just begun mass production so your survival percentages increased dramatically…if you were US military.

    The tunnel captioned for kamikaze squadron intrigues me… Large enough to house aircraft and ordnance?


  4. That Doolittle raid probably made them commit a lot of assets to defense thus limiting assets available for offense.


  5. I remember years ago, a few Japanese soldiers were found in some mountains, having no idea that the War was over. This helped me understand how that could be possible.


  6. Pierre Lagacé

    A reblogué ceci sur Lest We Forget and commented:
    Keeping her father’s memories alive…


  7. I am a loyal reader Gail.
    I must commend you on all the research work you did. I know your readers will agree with me.


  8. Sometimes it is the simplest things that bring the greatest clarity. Thank you for explaining Genko Line. I have heard that term many many times and never understood it’s full meaning!


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