Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

November 21, 1944 — Tuesday

It is 31 days since A day. Our situation is growing worse. The continuous rains have made the operations very hard. The mountainous terrain on the west coast of Leyte have made the problems of supplying food and ammunition to our troops very hard. The Japanese have counter-attacked and our troops had to withdraw below Limon. If only Filipino labor could be conscripted the problem of supply would be solved even partially, but both MacArthur and President Osmeña refuse to do it. Fortunately we have air-supremacy to keep their planes from raiding Tacloban. The reinforcements made by the enemy in Ormoc in October have slowed our advance.

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