The map was created by the Intelligence Group, 3rd Battalion, 49th Regiment, 47th Division of the Hunters-ROTC. The intelligence group operated from out of Lipa and was affiliated with one of the largest guerrilla outfits operating in Southern Luzon, the Hunters-ROTC.
It is unknown if the map below ever reached the hands of the military planners of the United States Army, but while but a rough sketch and apparently not scaled, the information it provided would have been useful when the liberation of Batangas commenced in March of 1945.
Freeing Batangas of the Japanese Imperial Army would entail a two-pronged pincer attack by the United States Army, one arm of which would leave Nasugbu and pass through Balayan, Calaca, Taal, Bauan, Batangas, Alitagtag and Cuenca; while the other would pass through Tagaytay, Tanauan, Santo Tomas and Malvar.
The two arms of the pincer would have closed at the then-town of Lipa. Hence, the value of the information provided by the map below becomes apparent.
MAPS OF ROADS AND TRAILS TO THE JAPANESE AREA, MT. MALARAYAT
Notes and references:
Map source: “Intell Unit, 3rd Bn, 49th Regt, 47th Div, Hunters, ROTC,” File No. 307-42, online at the United States National Archives.