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December 30, 2017

Roster of the Zobel Guerrilla Unit

The Zobel Guerrilla Unit was a guerrilla organization that supposedly operated from the western Batangas town of Calatagan. It was supposedly commanded by one Guerrilla Lt. Colonel Jacobo Zobel of the present-day famous Zobel family. In this page1 is contained the roster of the guerrilla unit submitted for recognition as an element of the Philippine Army in the service of the Armed Forces of the United States during the liberation of the country from Japanese occupation.

The reader/researcher is advised that this guerrilla unit failed to obtain this sought-after recognition, although this does not mean that it was not a legitimate organization. What this failure signifies is that it failed to meet a set of criteria set by General Douglas MacArthur as to which guerrilla organizations would gain official recognition.

Among the weaknesses of the Zobel Guerrilla Unit was that its roster and claimed activities overlapped with those of another Calatagan-based guerrilla organization, the Major Phillips Unit commanded by one Emilio Macabuag, who was curiously included in the Zobel roster. Macabuag, however, claimed independence from the Zobel unit and filed his own application for recognition of the Major Phillips Unit, which likewise failed to gain recognition.

The roster of the Zobel Guerrilla Unit is provided as individual PDF documents embedded into this page from an external source, duly paginated for the benefit of researchers or students who may need the pagination for citation purposes.

Each page may be zoomed in/out or scrolled up/down using the on-board tools provided with the embedding.

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Notes and references:

1 “Zobel’s Guerrilla Unit,” File No. 137, online at the United States National Archives.

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