Toggle navigation

#malintatunnel1,276 POSTS

Post Content
Sometimes you have to walk away not just to create distance. But to see who cares enough to run behind and pull you back. .
.
.
.
.
.
.
#MalintaTunnel #WhenInCorregidor #CorregidorIsland
The 1,000-bed capacity Fort Mills Hospital was used during the siege of Corregidor. There are 10 laterals in the hospital which were used as medical wards and each lateral had a capacity of 100 beds. Of the remaining two laterals, one was used as quarters for the female staff of the hospital. This was the only lateral inside Malinta Tunnel which was secured with a heavy steel door and bolted at night for the security and privacy of the women who were billeted in it. It is believed that the other remaining lateral was intended for the hospital's administrative office and also for the storage of medicines, medical supplies and hospital equipment. It is said that there’s a location here where a number of Japanese soldiers committed suicide by blowing themselves up just prior to the recapture of Corregidor by the American forces. For the Japanese, it was an honor for them to die rather than to surrender to their enemy.
#whenincorregidor #wheninmanila #travel #travelphotography #itsmorefuninphilippines #travelph #travelphilippines #wheretonext #discoverph #discoverphilippines #corregidor #historic #historical #historicalplace #worldwar2 #ww2 #worldwartwo #wwii #secondworldwar #oneworldphotograph #atalantaworld #discovermnl #travelstoriesph #travelstoriesworld #wtnadventures #dmtravelseries #malintatunnel #defense #sicorregidor #sinopinas
The tunnel complex was described as damp and poorly ventilated and, except for the hospital, it was not designed to quarter humans. Although it was safe inside, morale of the personnel was lower than elsewhere on Corregidor. The entire length of the main tunnel was lined to a height of six feet with crates of all sizes and descriptions. Its occupants, numbering over four thousand, and sixty-eight women, including nurses and seventeen civilians and army wives, complained of dust flying around, the flickering blue mercury vapor lights, and the dull boom of exploding bombs when the island was under siege. Little black flies swarmed everywhere, bedbugs prickled the flesh, and dust hung in a pall despite the continuous daily mopping. Although no shrapnel could get through, yet the tunnel dwellers felt suffocated, helpless and trapped being unable to fight back. There was no privacy and nowhere else to go to be away from other people.
#whenincorregidor #wheninmanila #travel #travelphotography #itsmorefuninphilippines #travelph #travelphilippines #wheretonext #discoverph #discoverphilippines #corregidor #historic #historical #historicalplace #worldwar2 #ww2 #worldwartwo #wwii #secondworldwar #oneworldphotograph #atalantaworld #discovermnl #travelstoriesph #travelstoriesworld #wtnadventures #dmtravelseries #malintatunnel #defense #sicorregidor #sinopinas
The third lateral on the North side from the East entrance served as the USAFFE Headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. In the South side, the first lateral from the East entrance was designated as headquarters of the Harbor Defense Command under Maj. Gen. George Moore. The fourth lateral on the same side connects to a group of 12 laterals which was used as a quartermaster supply storage. It has been said that some of its laterals were so secret that only those working there knew of its existence and that those who worked inside the tunnel during its construction were even blindfolded as they were escorted to their respective work areas.
#whenincorregidor #wheninmanila #travel #travelphotography #itsmorefuninphilippines #travelph #travelphilippines #wheretonext #discoverph #discoverphilippines #corregidor #historic #historical #historicalplace #worldwar2 #ww2 #worldwartwo #wwii #secondworldwar #oneworldphotograph #atalantaworld #discovermnl #travelstoriesph #travelstoriesworld #wtnadventures #dmtravelseries #malintatunnel #defense #sicorregidor #sinopinas
The tunnel had been dug through solid rock and offered complete protection from artillery or air attack. Command communications and medical units were located there. Gen. MacArthur set up the headquarters of USAFFE inside the tunnel where men and women would live and work during the siege of Corregidor. The tunnel was originally designed to house huge quantities of ammunition, food and supplies, and an underground hospital with a 1,000-bed capacity. The location of the tunnel beneath Malinta Hill made it ideal as a bomb-proof headquarters for the embattled Filipino and Americans defenders of Corregidor during World War II. During the siege of Corregidor, a number of shops and storage areas were added.
#whenincorregidor #wheninmanila #travel #travelphotography #itsmorefuninphilippines #travelph #travelphilippines #wheretonext #discoverph #discoverphilippines #corregidor #historic #historical #historicalplace #worldwar2 #ww2 #worldwartwo #wwii #secondworldwar #oneworldphotograph #atalantaworld #discovermnl #travelstoriesph #travelstoriesworld #wtnadventures #dmtravelseries #malintatunnel #defense #sicorregidor #sinopinas
To the east of Bottomside a hill rises abruptly to an elevation of 390 feet. Called "Malinta," it severs Bottomside from the tail end of the island. The North and South Shore roads curved from its slopes and girdled the hill and ran on down the curving tadpole tail. To facilitate passage and to create a bombproof shelter, the Americans drove a shaft from a rock quarry at Bottomside directly through the hill, creating the famous Malinta Tunnel. Construction of the tunnel took about 10 years. Work was initially started in 1922 and it was substantially completed in 1932. The 835 feet long East-West passage served as the main tunnel which is 24 feet wide and the height at the top of its arch is 18 feet. Branching from it are 13 laterals on its north side and another 11 laterals on the south side. Each lateral averaged 160 feet and 15 feet in length and width, respectively. A double-track electric trolley line used to run through the main tunnel which is reinforced with concrete walls, a concrete floor, and overhead arches. Blowers were installed to allow the circulation of fresh air.
#whenincorregidor #wheninmanila #travel #travelphotography #itsmorefuninphilippines #travelph #travelphilippines #wheretonext #discoverph #discoverphilippines #corregidor #historic #historical #historicalplace #worldwar2 #ww2 #worldwartwo #wwii #secondworldwar #oneworldphotograph #atalantaworld #discovermnl #travelstoriesph #travelstoriesworld #wtnadventures #dmtravelseries #malintatunnel #defense #sicorregidor #sinopinas