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January 6, 2018

Intelligence Report Filed by the Licopa Guerrilla Unit, January 1945

The Licopa Guerrilla Unit was a guerrilla outfit under the command of one Luis Licopa and operated out of Lemery, Batangas. In this March 1945 document, an intelligence report about Japanese movements and positions in Batangas was submitted by the Licopa Guerrilla Unit to the United States Army.

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HEADQUARTERS GLINT
Under Advance Hq, Special Unit
S W P A
In the Field

January 16, 1945.
Subject

To
: INTELLIGENCE WORK, Report on

: C.O. Advance Hq, Special Unit, SWPA
   (Thru Adjutant, Special Unit, SWPA)
1. The following are the results of the work made by the survivor of the group of Intelligence operators that left that camp on the 10th:

INFORMATION ON ENEMY SUICIDE BOATS

(a) CONSTRUCTION – This boat looks like an ordinary lifeboat made of light wood olive drab in color. Length is four meters, width is two meters and depth is 1.2 meters. This boat is manned by two men. Load[ed] with explosives. Inboard motor.

(b) PLACES WHERE FOUND – Anilao and Cape Santiago. The 200 Q-boats reported in our report of the 13th found in Anilao beach are enemy suicide boats. Please correct our report accordingly.

At barrio Santiago may be found 120 suicide boats. These are kept in a creek going inland from the sea concealed under big trees and dense vegetation at the bank of the river. Boats found in all other places reported to that Hq are enemy Q-boats. Enclosed is a rough sketch of a suicide boat. (Encl. No. 1)



ENEMY RADAR AT SAN LUIS

No information could be secured as to location or presence of a radar at San Luis.

ENEMY POSITIONS

BATANGAS – LOBO: Enemy has partly evacuated position at Malalim. Only half of the supplies and ammunition left.

MATOCO Pt. – 30 Marines with 6 Q-boats; Tabangao; Pinamocan; Simlong; and Mabacong still occupied by coast guards number 150 men. RADIO STATION found at boundary of Pinamucan and Tabangao.

Statistics of rivers found in this area which serve as hiding places for Q-boats:
Tabangao River – 4 feet at low tide; 8 ft at high tide; 25 ft wide at mouth; covered by mangroves, grasses and bamboos.

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Wawa River – 6 ft at low tide; 10 ft at high tide; 60 ft at mouth and covered by mangroves and swamps at banks.

Cuta River – 6 ft at low tide; 11 ft at high tide; 30 ft wide at mouth and covered by mangroves and grasses used as concealment for Q-boats.

Please see enclosure No. 2.

MABINI SAN LUIS SECTION – No change in enemy positions in those places.

LEMERY BALAYAN SECTOR – No change in enemy positions in this sector.

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(Sgd) JESUS JIMENEZ
Capt Inf



Encl: As Stated.

Note: Jesus Jimenez alias for Commanding Officer.

A TRUE COPY:

[Sgd.] LUIS H. LICOPA
Captain, Infantry
Commanding.

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Notes and references:
1 File Number 50, Licopa Unit (GLINT), downloaded from Philippine Veteran Association Office.

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