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Inscriptions in Battery Craghill, Fort Hughes, Philippines

 
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armyjunk



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:46 pm    Post subject: Inscriptions in Battery Craghill, Fort Hughes, Philippines Reply with quote

I posted these two photographs at the Axis History Forum a while ago and the people that have been to Fort Hughes might find this interesting








Goldfish
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22 Nov 2006 01:10
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The top of the first photo gives the date of Showa 21 (1946) May 15. Other than that, they are hard to read.
Hope this helps,
Goldfish






armyjunk
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22 Nov 2006 04:09
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Goldfish, No question on the date? If correct interesting as the island was retaken bey the Americans in Feb. 1945, and all the Japanese should have been dead by then...thank you very much






Goldfish
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22 Nov 2006 04:53
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It appears to read "Sho Wa 2 1 Nen 5 Getsu 1 5 Nichi." It certainly looks like a "1" after the "2" and so that would make it the 21st year of the Showa (Hirohito) reign, meaning 1946. It is possible that some help out beyond Februaury 1945 when you consider that some held out for decades in some places.






Kim Sung
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22 Nov 2006 05:21
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Maybe these inscriptions are similar to this one.

I shall die, but I won't surrender






armyjunk
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22 Nov 2006 06:09
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Goldfish, could have happened but not likely as it is very small island and the tunnels were filled with gas/diesel mix and lit off....but i can argue the point I can't read it and you can, i really thank you for any help you can be....Army

and Kim I always thought it was a goodbye message, but that thought is based on nothing.






Van
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22 Nov 2006 21:22
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The top picture says
昭和21年5月15日(Showa 21 nen 5 gatsu 15 nichi) "15th May 1946", as pointed above by Mr. Goldfish.
今ダカバリラ島日本軍残ル(Imada Kabarira-tou Nihongun nokoru) "Japanese troops now remain on island Kabalila". Now Kabalila or maybe Kabelila, not clearly seen, is supposed to be the name of the island, but Manila Bay is on Luzon, right? So if the picture is from the different island it may explane the difference in dates pointed by Mr. armyjunk.
(十八一)報国 (Juu hachi ichi) houkoku). The part in brackets is not clear, but looks like numbers 10-8-1, then the word "patriotism".

Lower picture is hardly readable, but it looks like a plead to the Emperor, as the word 大君 - taikun is seen, the line in the middle-left clearly reads 我等は最後まで君の為・・・(warera wa saigo made kimi no tame) "We (did something) for You till the end"






armyjunk
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23 Nov 2006 01:30
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Thank all of you very much. I've had these photos for a year and have always been curious as to what they meant. Fort Hughes is located on Caballo Island next to Corregidor Island in Manila Bay. Kabalila is Caballo, I'm sure. The 1946 will remain a mystery.






Kim Sung
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23 Nov 2006 01:34
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Where did you get these photos?






armyjunk
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23 Nov 2006 15:36
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I took them last February, these writings were on a wall in Battery Craghill at Fort Hughes on Caballo Island next to Corregidor Island in Manila Bay in the Philippines...Battery Craighill has 4-12inch Mortars, still emplaced I might add...






Van
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24 Nov 2006 02:38
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Looking into my reference books, it was Caballo, right. Here is an abstract from "American defences of Corregidor and Manila Bay" by T.C.McGovern and M.A.Berhow:
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The general assault of the island was March 27, 1945. By the end of the day the entire island had been secured except the pits and tunnels of Battery Craighill in the mid-section of the island. The position was well screaned from artillery fire, and despite repeated efforts, could not be cleared of the defenders. The engineers of the 113th Engineers, 38th Division suggested pumping up a mixture of oil and gasoline from a landing craft through the pipeline and into a ventilator shaft atop the battery. The pipe was duly laid and on April 5 2,500 gallons of fuel were pumped through the shaft, then ignited with phosphorus mortar shells. A flash fire ensued followed by several explosions. The procedure was repeated on the next two days, with explosives lowered into the shaft on the 7th, resulting in an enormous explosion. On April 13 a patrol entered the tunnel, killed the lone remaining Japanese defender, and reported the position to be clear.

So it gives a year and month difference in dates, April 13 1945 and May 15th 1946.






hisashi
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24 Nov 2006 18:29
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The four characters in the first pic reads 七生報国(shichisho hokoku). It means 'reborn seven times and devote all lives for the nation'. This word comes from a (highly fictional) episode, which appeared in the school textbook and broadly known to Japaneses of the day.
KUSUNOKI Masashige (1294-1336) was a legendary samurai leader. Those days Kamakura shogunate was declining and the emperor Godaigo of the day was vety anxious to get back the power of the Royal family. Kusunoki was a leader of a local armed group who came out as a supporter of the emperor. His group locked himself in a fort on Chihaya mountain and defended smartly against massive shogunate troops. Seeing shogunate could not defeat his small army, more and more samurais changed the side for the emperor.
He was a distinguished military contributor but the emperor governed with wimpy nobles from old families, and many samirais revelled again. Kusunoki fought for the emperor in vain. Just before his suicide, Kusunoki asked his brother what he want in the next reincarnation. Brother replied he would be reborn seven times and fight with the enemy of the emperor. Kusunoki said he hoped so too.
Eventually the emperor Godaigo's successor conceded the crown to their close relative supported by a powerful samurai. Before Meiji Restoration Kusunoki and Godaigo was idealized, and his episode prevailed.

The right half of the second pic seems a part of lyric in 'Umi Yukaba', a military song saying 'we are ready to die for the emperor'.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:53 am    Post subject: Translation Reply with quote

The pictures have been deleted but I still think that the research done is very cool!!!!!
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armyjunk



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ftfrankfan, I took the photos off to clean out my photobucket account, if I get no comments I assume no one has much interest in the pics. Thanks for your interest......
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always look forward to your posts Army, but I hate having my name show up as the latest post in every forum! Smile Also, welcome to FtFrankFan our newest member (until this week) !

I think the momentum is growing slowly. I got a couple of more posts to put up when I have some more time - keep hoping others will share pics of all the interesting places they've been to.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the feeling, looks like you are the only person with any interest when your name shows up across the board......
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