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As MacArthur biographer D. Clayton James states, “MacArthur’s role in the tactical situation on Luzon in January [1945 was]...an amazing reversal of his conduct on Leyte.” Although he exerted pressure on 6th Army commander General Walter Krueger on both occasions, during the Leyte operations he had largely remained at GHQ. On Luzon, with Manila in his reach, and just weeks before his 65th birthday, he was dashing around from one sector to another – sometimes even assuming personal command of operations. Biographers attribute this behavior to a desire to celebrate his birthday in Manila.
On January 26, 2023, the 142nd anniversary of MacArthur’s birthday, join historians Jim Zobel and Amanda Williams for a virtual discussion of the 1945 drive to Manila.
The discussion will stream live on the Memorial's Facebook page at 12:00PM EST. A recording will be available on the Memorial's YouTube channel within 24 hours of the event. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbik2V1itTIV8NJWBkafiIw