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October 25th 1944, Philippines Begin to Be Liberated

General MacArthur landing

On October 20th, 1944, American forces began their return to the Philippines by landing on Leyte. The Japanese were overwhelmied by the superior American forces and its ever expanding air support. On December 15, 1944 US troops landed on the beaches of Mindoro. On January 9, 1945 the Americans landed on the main island of Luzon. After a bitter battle, they reached the capital, Manila, on February 2nd. The Japanese lost 170,000 men in the Philippines, compared to American casualties of 8,000.