Instead of going up Mt. Samat this year, we decided to tour the Battlegrounds of our first reenactment, the town of Abucay along the East coast of Bataan. Thanks to the research provided us by Vic Verano, we managed to visit the church, which had an artillery observer's position in its bell tower, The battlefield at Abucay Hacienda and then we swung round to Olongapo and proceeded to the town of Morong. For me, the feeling of being on the actual battlefield and seeing the lay of the land, Mt. Natib, The coastal fishpond positions of the 57th infantry, the positions of the 41st, 51st, 53rd divisions opposite Imai's 141st gave me a far clearer and more vivid image of what the battle would have been like. At Morong, I tried to imagine the 1st elements of E troop skirting the church to find Japanese troops streaming up from the river. there was a field with lots of horses behind the church, perhaps we can reenact the charge one day. the parish priests of both Abucay and Morong were very gracious, welcomed us and had photos taken. All in all a very satisfying experience.
I've been having trouble lately with photobucket but will try to upload photos at a later date. Meanwhile, here are some links to our images on my FB page:
Post by insurrectomad on Apr 20, 2013 21:31:25 GMT -5
Very hot work in the field where we shot a lots of photos as it was over 30 deg. A great time was had by all and being at the actual sites brought all home to us. As you can see from the Liberation of Manila Event in Intramuros, our numbers are growing!