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A book of very limited use to the serious student, since the chronology (which takes up about half the book) is very incomplete and contains many errors. The remaining half of the book, the selected bibliography, pales in comparison with the more…

This bibliography covers published works (books, periodicals articles, published documents) dealing with Philippines-Japan relations, including many titles on the Japanese occupation.

The time frame begins with the period of the Commonwealth,…

[A bibliography of records on the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the library of the National Defence Agency] / Midori Kawashima, editor

The bibliography, in Japanese, lists documents in the National Institute for Defense Studies, Japanese Defense Agency.

It is divided into two parts, the first a listing of reports, field diaries and other documents relating to the Japanese…

These two imposing volumes comprise the best and most comprehensive bibliography of books, periodical articles, thesis and dissertations, unit histories and propaganda materials for the time period it covers. Includes works published during the war…

The author was an American missionary in San Juan, Rizal, before the war. Written when he was in his eighties, Brooks recounts his life in the Philippines. He describes conditions before the war, with the gathering of war clouds; the start of the war…

Biography of a New Zealand Columban priest assigned to the Philippines before the war. Assigned to minister to the faithful in Paete, Rizal, he was arrested by the Japanese in 1943 and was never seen again.

His World War II experiences are…

Biography of an American Catholic priest and missionary, belonging to the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). Bunzel arrived in Manila in October 1933 and was a member of the first missionary class held in the just-completed SVD compound in New Manila.…

Memoir by an American missionary assigned to China from 1913-1922, and then, when China became too hot because of Japanese aggression, was moved to Northern Luzon from 1937. Interned by the Japanese in Camp Holmes, and, very late in the war brought…

Personal memoir by one of the 104 American nurses who nursed the sick and wounded in Bataan and Corregidor in 1941 and 1942.

Also known as the Angels of Bataan and Corregidor, the nurses braved extreme conditions and bombings. The author arrived…

Biography of an Irish Columban missionary who arrived in Mindanao in 1938. He stayed on for two generations, and was in the thick of World War II. He did not surrender to the Japanese but hid in the hill , with his parishioners joining the…

Nobes was recruited as an Episcopalian missionary in the US in 1931, and his experiences as a priest and educator in the mountains of Northern Luzon, based in Sagada, working with the Igorots.

The title is the name the Igorots called Nobes,…

This book tells the saga of Wolfe Ismond, a British national born into a Jewish family but raised in Shanghai. He gave up a good job in Shanghai for a farming career in Canada, but was unsuccessful. He returned to Shanghai and led a colorful career…

Autobiography of Sofia Dimitriades Adamson, an American of Greek origins, who moved around the U.S. with her family and wound up in Manila, where she met a Greek citizen, George Athos Adamson, visiting from the Philippines.

Adamson had helped his…

A non-fiction family “biography” spanning a quarter of a century, from 1926-1950.

The family is that of the author, the Santos-Cuyugan family: her father was a medical doctor, assigned to Lucena, Tayabas (now Quezon) province in 1926. She…

Personal memoir of a nationalistic Filipino journalist and feminist, focusing on her growing-up years in Ermita before the war. Intensely personal and detailed, she brings pre-war days to life and shows how people lived in those years.

She has…

Autobiography of the wife of Benito Soliven, congressman from the Ilocos. She was the mother of ten children (the eldest, Maximo “Max” Soliven, became a noted journalist).

Mrs. Soliven’s husband volunteered for the Philippine Army and…

Revolving around the life and times of Jose Cojuangco, Sr. (father of president Corazon Cojuangco Aquino), this coffee-table book is also a history of the Cojuangco family and the times they lived in – from its Chinese roots to arrival and…

Personal memoir by the first Filipina to acknowledge that she was a “comfort woman” – a sexual slave of the Japanese Imperial Army.

While the nightmarish experiences of Korean women had been exposed earlier, no Filipina woman came forward…

Norman Reyes was a mestizo born of a Filipino father and American mother who is better known as a radio broadcaster who read the “Bataan has Fallen” spiel on April 9, 1942.

In this autobiography, he talks about how his parents met and…

Biographies of two brothers from Montana – Paul and James. Paul served with the Asiatic Fleet before the war, and saw service in China and with the Marines in Nicaragua; he had retired by the time the war began.

The younger brother, James…

Betty Halsema Foley was the sister of journalist (and later US Foreign Service officer) James J. Halsema; her father, E.J. Halsema, was former mayor of Baguio. She documents her growing up in Baguio, studies in the US, teaching at Baguio’s Brent…

Personal memoir of young British woman born and raised in Shanghai before World War II. Her father was a promising American architect who returned to the US, abandoning his family; her mother a British subject, stayed on with Madeleine in Shanghai.…

Richard B. Lang was a US Air Corps private with the 19th Bomb Group at Clark Field when the war broke out. After the bombing, he was ordered together with other maintenance men to Del Monte Field in Mindanao, where he stayed until the surrender in…

This tells the story of a West Point graduate (1931) who was assigned to the 26th Cavalry (Philippine Scouts) in 1939, fought in the Philippine defense campaign, became a prisoner of war, and died on an unmarked Japanese prison ship.

Based on…

This slim book is the story of a hardy Filipino who became a professional soldier with the Philippine Scouts before World War II, and who continued on in the US Army after the war. Fernandez joined the 26th Cavalry Regiment (Philippine Scouts) in…

This book tells the story of Australians captured by the Japanese in Singapore and sent for forced labor to Sandakan, North Borneo, in 1942.

In particular, the author focuses on one man, Major Rex Blow, of the Australian Army. He and seven others…

Autobiography of a Filipina who lived a sheltered life before the war. Her father was a rice plantation owner who was also a journalist. Her family owned the Commonwealth Advocate, a periodical which sought extension of the Commonwealth…

Virginia Hansen Holmes’ father, Charles Hansen, was the plant superintendent of the East Mindanao Mining Company in Surigao. With him, Virginia, her mother and three siblings, lived as a happy American family before the war. Virginia was nine days…

This work tells the story of Wendell Fertig, guerrilla leader in Mindanao. By a professional writer who worked for four years together with Col. Fertig, the story is told in the form of a novel, although the author claims to have tried to maintain…

The author, the first Filipina professional journalist, and her husband, lawyer Antonio Molina Bautista, joined an underground movement in Manila during the Japanese occupation. The group, called "Free Philippines," sought to counter Japanese…
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