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January 5, 2018

General Orders on the Hunter-ROTC Division and Regimental Organization, Oct 44

The Hunters/ROTC was a guerrilla group formed in 1942. Initially operating in Rizal Province, the group would also have a sizable presence in Batangas and would be instrumental in providing intelligence to the United States forces leading to the assault landing at Nasugbu on 31 January 1945.

More information about the group is available in this article → “Operations of the Hunters/ROTC Guerillas in Batangas Prior to the 1945 Nasugbu Landing in WWII.”

In this October 1944 document1, Hunters-ROTC Guerrillas Commander Eleuterio Adevoso issues General Orders to provide information to all concerned about the reorganization of the guerrilla group into division and regiments, along with the latter’s respective functions. The document is edited here and there for grammar and spelling.

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UNITED STATES – PHILIPPINE ISLANDS FORCES
THE HUNTERS or ROTC GUERRILLAS
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS

14 October 1944

General Orders)
No 1)

In view of the exigencies of the service necessitating changes in command, the following reorganization is hereby made and published for the information and guidance of all concerned:

1. The District Commander shall have a Chief of Staff.

2. The Fourth Military District shall be divided into two Division areas, each under a Division Commander.

3. The provinces of Rizal, Laguna and Tayabas shall compose one Division area to be known as the 44th Division.

4. Pre-war Manila and the provinces of Cavite and Batangas shall compose the other Division area to be known as the 47th Division.

5. Each province and the City of Manila shall constitute a regimental area. The regiments shall be known as follows:

Rizal – 44th Regiment
Laguna – 45th Regiment
Tayabas – 46th Regiment
Manila – 47th Regiment
Cavite – 48th Regiment
Batangas – 49th Regiment



6. The 47th Regiment shall have a special intelligence and sabotage regiment.

7. For better results in intelligence work, the District Chief of Staff shall directly supervise the intelligence operations of the 44th Division, while the District Commander shall directly supervise that of the 47th Division.

8. In all other matters other than intelligence work, the 44th and the 47th Division shall be under the direct supervision and control of the District Commander.

9. Otherwise, the set-up of the organization shall remain the same.

10. All the necessary readjustments shall be made accordingly and as soon as possible.

s/t/ TERRY MAGTANGOL2
Colonel, Guer. Inf.,
Commanding

Distribution:
1 Dist. C. of S.
1 C.O., 44th Div.
1 C.O., 47th Div.
1 File

A CERTIFIED TRUE COPY;

LESTER W. PIERCE, JR.
1st Lt CAC

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Notes and references:
1 Box 246, Entry 1087, Philippine Archive Collection, Record Group 407, (US) National Archives. Online at the Philippine Veterans Association Office.
2 Eleuterio “Terry Adevoso” was also known by his nom de guerre or military name Magtangol/Magtanggol. Wikipedia.

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