Aerial shot of the destruction in Manila. May 1945. X
One of the bloodiest battles in world history, the Battle of Manila (in the Philippines) ended on the 3rd of March, 1945.
Fought by the combined forces of the US and Filipino troops against Japan, the conclusion of the battle marked the end of Japanese control of the region.
US troops stand in a destroyed baseball stadium.
In the month-long campaign over 100 000 civilians were killed, and Manila, the country’s capital city, was completely destroyed.