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April 16, 2020

VIDEO: Operation Mike-6, US Armada Sails into Nasugbu Beach 1945

The U.S. Armada sailing into Nasugbu Bay from Mindoro for Operation Mike-6.
The U.S. Armada sailing into Nasugbu Bay from Mindoro for Operation Mike-6.
Operation Mike-61 was the code for the landing of the United States Eighth Army on the beaches of Nasugbu, Batangas on 31 January 1945. The troops sailed from Leyte Island on board U.S. Navy ships, some via a base established at Mangarin Bay in Mindoro.

The Nasugbu Landing was initially supposed to block the southward movement of Japanese troops who were under pressure from the U.S. Sixth Army which landed on Lingayen Bay earlier in January 1945, and drove south to the country’s capital Manila. Later, the very same forces who landed in Nasugbu would be instrumental in the liberation of the Province of Batangas.

This video was originally downloaded from the United States National Archives2. Its original title was “Invasion of Luzon.” The stated date of the footages’ creation, 30 January 1945, was a dead giveaway that the video was, in fact, a documentation of the Nasugbu Landing.

This version of the video on Batangas History is slightly shorter than the original after the black frames had been edited out. It has also been processed using video editing software to lighten and sharpen the frames for better viewing.

The video is made available to teachers, students, researchers and the general public in Batangas who have an interest in Batangas history during World War II.

The view the original video, please click this → link.

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Notes and references:
1Operation Mike (United States),” Wikipedia.
2 Video source, “Invasion of Luzon,” United States National Archives.

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