Steel Bridge over Dacanlao River, Calaca 1945 - Batangas History, Culture and Folklore

Steel Bridge over Dacanlao River, Calaca 1945

Date Taken: 24 March 1945

Original Caption: Losada (Lozada?) steel bridge over Dacandao (likely Dacanlao) River on Highway #17, west of Calaca, Luzon, P.I. (for Philippine Islands)

The photo was probably taken in March 1945 when the United States Army, having secured the Philippine capital city of Manila, set off from Nasugbu on a pincer maneuver to liberate Batangas from Japanese occupation. The maneuver required one arm to move through western Batangas into Calaca, Lemery, Taal, Bauan, Batangas Town and also to Alitagtag and subsequently Cuenca; with the other arm moving eastward through Tagaytay to Talisay, Santo Tomas, Tanauan and Malvar. The pincer was planned to close in the then-town of Lipa.
Dacanlao Bridge
A bridge over Dacanlao River, Calaca, 1945.  Image source:  United States National Archives.

Notes and references:
Image credit: United States National Archives. The picture was colorized courtesy of Algorithmia.<

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