The Manila massacre refers to the February 1945 atrocities conducted against Filipino civilians in Manila, Philippines by Japanese troops during World War II.
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... Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita had ordered a complete withdrawal of Japanese troops from Manila ... disobeyed Yamashita's orders and remained in Manila along with some IJA stragglers ... The massacre was at its worst in the Battle of Manila, in which the Allies shelled the city of Manila to drive out the Japanese ...
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“It is hard, I submit, to loathe bloodshed, including war, more than I do, but it is still harder to exceed my loathing of the very nature of totalitarian states in which massacre is only an administrative detail.”
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