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    Talisay (Talisay City) Cebu Province Philippines
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US Army March 26, 1945
Location
Lat 10° 14' 40N Long 123° 50' 50E  Talisay is located at sea level on the east coast of Cebu Island in Cebu Province in the Central Visayas (Region VII) of the Philippines. Also known as Talisay City, Ciudad ti Talisay or Ciudad ti Talisay. To the northeast is Cebu (Cebu City) and to the east is Cebu Harbor and beyond Mactan Island and the Bohol Strait.

Wartime History
On March 24, 1945 General Sosaku Suzuki took command of all forces on Cebu Island and appointed General Manjome in command of Cebu City who planned a defense in depth north and northwest of the city with a forward line over the high ground behind the city anchored on two fortified hills. At Talisay and Liloan the likely landing beaches, the Japanese planted land mines above the surf line with a 50kg aerial bomb beneath the mine capable of disabling a landing vehicle or tank. The Japanese also built tank barriers and tank traps with roads to the city mined. A defensive line of bunker, pillboxes and caves with machine guns were emplaced in naturally camouflaged positions.

On March 26, 1945 in the early morning U. S. Navy (USN) Task Force 74 (TF-74) under the command of Admiral Berkey arrive from Leyte and bombarded the beaches with gunfire from three light cruisers and six destroyers. At 8:30am LVTs landed the U. S. Army U. S. Army Americal Division, 132nd Infantry Regiment and 182d Infantry Regiment on the beach north of Talisay and began to detonate land mines that disabled 15 LVTs and the advance halted with 5 KIA and 15 WIA from land mines. . Although the first wave included mine disposal teams, the mine field was too large and complex. Despite the chaos caused by the mine field on the beach, the Japanese had withdrawn from the area and were unable to exploit the confusion or inflict further damage.

As the second wave landed, the beach became jammed and the advance inland stalled when Brig. Gen. Eugene W. Ridings, Assistant Division Commander landed and tasked men from the 132nd Infantry Regiment with clearing routes but took until 10:00am before the traffic on the beach cleared and the advance inland continued. Had Japanese defenders been present in the area and lost an opportunity to inflict casualties or repel the U. S. landing. The mine field at Talisay was one of the few extensive mine fields encountered by the Americans during the Pacific War.

References
U. S. Army in World War II - Triumph in the Philippines Chapter XXXI The Central Visayan Islands pages 610, 611 (map), 612

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