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With Jason's contest done, I think it'll be okay to post some photos of my entry - Liberators on Leyte. This diorama depicts members of the American 1st Cavalry Division meeting up with Filipino guerrillas. Incidentally my late grandfather, Major Delfin Estolloso of the US Army Forces Far East, was one such guerrilla. After being released from the infamous Japanese POW camp at Capas, Tarlac (following about a year of incarceration), he joined the Philippine guerrilla movement and aided General MacArthur's forces when they returned to the Philippines. He's meant to be the tall Filipino officer with the Springfield rifle, .45 cal pistol, khaki uniform, 'Elpo' tennis shoes and straw hat pointing out Japanese positions to the American cavalry colonel.


The American cavalry company is pinned down by sniper fire but the timely arrival of a Filipino guerrilla officer allows the American colonel to flank the pocket of Japanese resistance.



The Japanese forces resisted with fanatical courage, inflicting casualties on the American troops but suffering horrific casualties.





A BAR gunner provides heavy firepower...


...while an American sniper prepares to take his shot.


A Filipino guerrilla, dressed in his Philippine Commonwealth Army uniform including the 'guinit' fiber helmet and armed with an old Thompson submachinegun prepares to open fire. Actually, the figure is my very own 'mini-me' 1-6th representation.



A full view of the diorama.

 

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Nice work kabayan. Its something out of the beaten path. I also had relatives who served at that time and would like to honor them in the same manner as you did. One in particular was the commander of the Philippine Army Offshore Patrol at the outbreak of the war. WHat is keeping from doing it is the lack of period photographs of uniforms, equipment etc.
 

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Nice work kabayan. Its something out of the beaten path. I also had relatives who served at that time and would like to honor them in the same manner as you did. One in particular was the commander of the Philippine Army Offshore Patrol at the outbreak of the war. WHat is keeping from doing it is the lack of period photographs of uniforms, equipment etc.
You should check out the Pinoy Reenactors Forums. In the thread on the Philippine Commonwealth Army there's something on the Offshore Patrol with a few photos of their Q boats and stuff. For general wear it seems that they wore the same 'dickies' type khakis that everyone else wore.

Glad you liked the diorama!
 
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