In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in the Philippines, we have compiled the diary entries for May, 1942, the fifth month of the war, along with other interesting material, in the hope that this will help interested readers to get a sense of the of that conflict.
Each date contains the relevant entries as well as materials culled from different sources of information:
The World War II Timeline prepared by the Official Gazette; these entries are in bold. these give an indication of the Filipino point of view.
Various documents and photographs from the Quezon Family Collection.
War and resistance in the Philippines, 1942–1944, by James Kelly Morningstar (Naval Institute Press, 2021). This is in italics
To foster better public relations, on 5 June the Japanese granted amnesty to tens of thousands of Filipino POWs as an advertisement of their good intentions and to bolster the workforce. The release also signaled to guerrillas that they too could lay down their arms and go home.
6/6/42 Day 181
6/7/42 Day 182
6/8/42 Day 183
Shizuichi Tanaka appointed as Japanese Military Governor (1942–1943)