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Corregidor Island

This island, a 2 hr ferry ride from Manila, was where the American infantry defended Manila harbour from the Japanese fleet. The whole island has been turned into a museum and the canons and barracks and parade ground still exist albeit a little worse for a bit of bombing. Because of its strategic location it was a prime target and a massive tunnel was built in the hillside on the island to protect the infantry and the nurses stationed there. The barracks (known as the mile long barracks) was the largest in the world at the time it was built. Although occupied by the Americans, it was captured by the Japanese and occupied by them until it was recaptured by the Americans. The Malinta tunnel was intriguing and although the tourist displays are a bit dated it was well worth the trip.



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