United States, Australian and Filipino troops on Sunday (20 October) re-enacted the landing 30 years ago by allied forces in the central Philippines, signalling the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese military occupation during World War II.
GV Mrs. Marcos arriving
GV crowd at Palo Bench
GV Mrs. Marcos accompanies by U.S. and Australian Ambassadors
GV & CU models of General Macametoour and party an beach.
GV crowd watching
GV zoom to landing vessels approaching beach.
GV more landing vessels approaching beach
GV troops running to shore (2 shots)
GV crowd watching
GV troops set up mortar
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Background: United States, Australian and Filipino troops on Sunday (20 October) re-enacted the landing 30 years ago by allied forces in the central Philippines, signalling the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese military occupation during World War II.
The "mock landing", staged by 10 amphibious landing crafts, highlighted the 30th anniversary celebrations on Palo Beach, Beyte, 350 miles (560 kms) southe???st of Manila.
Among the dignitaries attending the celebrations were Mrs. Marcos, wife of the President of the Philippines, Mrs. William Sullivan, the U.S. Ambassador, and Mr. Peter Henderson, the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines.
The allied forces, under the command of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur, landed on Leyts on October 20, 1944. From Leyte, the eighth largest island in the Philippines archipelago, General Macarthur, launched a combined land and see assault that eventually captured the main Philippine island of Luzon.
SYNOPSIS: Mrs. Marcos, the wife of the Philippines President, accompanied by the United States and Australian Ambassadors were among a large crowd of people at Palo Beach, Leyte to watch re-enactment of the allied forces lading 30 years age in the central Philippines. It included models of General Douglas MacArthur was lead the assault that signalled the liberation of the philippines from Japanese military occupation during World War II.
The "mock landing" was staged by 10 landing crafts carrying United States, Australian and Philipine troops.
Thirty years ago, on October 20, 1944, allied forces landed on Leyte, fulfilling General MacArthur's promise of returning to the island after being forced to evacuate by advancing Japanese forces.
From Leyte, some 350 miles south-east of Manila, the allied forces launched an assault to the north, eventually capturing the Philippines main island of Luzon.
Most of the troops staging the exercise over the weekend were marines from the U.S.S. Fresno of the U.S. pacific fleet, and an Australian destroyer.