It is almost a century after the wreak of the second world war, the most deadliest in any other war in the history. It involves the 6 major continents in the world and took the lives of roughly 17 million troops and countless civilians who died because of bombings, mass murders and starvation which results into a catastrophe. These involves some countries in Europe (Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom), the Soviet Union, Japan and the most powerful ally in the world, the United States. It is said that the conflict in the first world war created the devastating second world war because of instability and destabilized Europe and the rise of the great totalitarian leader, Adolf Hitler.
In 1940, Japan joined the Axis Power together with Germany and Italy by signing the the Tripartite Pact with an intent of being one of the strongest leader in the world and to dominate Southeast Asia. Since, the Philippine that time was under the ruling power of the United States, they felt threatened that the US would stop them in their objectives. In December 7, 1941 (Hawaiian Time) had been marked the beginning of the war in Pacific when the Japanese troops bombarded the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii which sunk 21 ships, losses approximately 2,400 men and 188 aircraft had been completely demolished which causes Americans to be aggressive and furious and led them to join the allies in WWII. This strike in the military base of USA led to the unification of Americans that aimed to destroy their rival ally, the Axis power. This attack in the Pearl Harbor really surprised Americans because they are confident enough that the Pearl Harbor base was really safe from any harm but they are all terribly wrong. This left the whole American nation with absolute torment and agony because the memories of the first world war was still lingering with their thoughts. Several hours after the bombing in Pearl Harbor, Japan also bombarded the Clark Air Base in the Philippines and simultaneously launched air attacks against Aparri, Baguio, Nichols Air Base, Sangley Point and Davao. To fortify Manila with entire ruination, Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur declared Manila as an Open City in 1941 but the Japanese troops did not respect this proclamation and bombed Manila on the following day. Japan’s attack in Manila was so systematic and well executed, some parts of our country was simultaneously bombed and Japanese soldiers marched toward Manila at different points. Because of this well planned assault, Gen. Douglas Mc Arthur ordered the American and Filipino Soldier to withdraw in Bataan and Corregidor.
The Japanese quickly dominated the Southeast Asia including the Philippines in 1942 however, American won into the battle called Battle of Midway which plays a big role in the history of WWII. The battle took over in the Pacific Ocean between Asia and North America and it lies 2,500 miles from Japan and considered as an important tactical location for Japan in the war. The Japanese was led by Admiral Yamamoto who also planned the attack on the Pearl Harbor while the United States were led by Admiral Nimitz and Commander Fletcher. This battle gave hope to the American and engages a big part in the Pacific War and the second world war.