Photographer's Note

This is one of the vintage World War II mortars found in Battery Way in Corregidor Island,the Philippines.

Started in 1904 and completed in 1916 by the Americans (costing $112K at the time), Battery Way was named after American 2nd Lt. Henry N. Way (4th US Artillery) who died in service in the Philippines in 1900. Battery Way is one of 23 batteries set up in Corregidor at the outbreak of World War II in 1941. Each 12-inch mortar can lob 1000lb deck-piercing shells or 700lb high explosive shells in all directions to a maximum distance of 14600 yards. Battery Way surely gave the Japanese Army a tough time at the height of the siege of Corregidor Island.

Corregidor Island (Fort Mills to the Americans) was a strategic island on the entrance to Manila Bay and was the arena for one of the hardest and deadliest battles. Here, Gen. Douglas MacArthur commanded a combined force of American GIs and Filipino guerilla fighters. The island was captured by the Japanese 14th Imperial Army (under Lt. General Homma) and renamed it Homma Island only to be taken back by the Americans (again under MacArthur) a few years later.

Today, Corregidor Island is a historical site and sanctuary managed by the Corregidor Foundation and home to several war memorials to the fallen soldiers of the Philippines, America, other Allied countries and even those of the Japanese. It is a fitting tribute to the honor and valor of the men who fought and died here, as well as an undying reminder to everyone about the brutality and tragedy of war.

There is a historical tour operator in Manila from whom interested visitors can book an hour-long ferry boat ride to The Rock, take guided tours and even stay overnight or a few days exploring the now idyllic and tranquil island.

A must-see for anyone travelling to the Philippines who want to have a flavour of recent world history.

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  • Copyright: Boyet Damot (boyetdamot) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 12] (61)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-10-18
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2013-11-04 18:50
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