The Malinta Tunnel is a tunnel complex built by the United States, from 1922 to 1932. It was initially used as a bomb-proof storage and personnel bunker, but was later equipped as a 1,000-bed hospital.
During the Battle of Corregidor 5 and 6 May 1942), the tunnel served as the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur. Malinta Tunnel also served as the seat of government of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
During the re-taking of the island by U.S. forces in 1945, Japanese soldiers who were inside the tunnels committed suicide by detonating explosives within the tunnel complex on 23 February 1945.Their bodies have never been excavated.
Nowadays, the tunnel complex is a museum.
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- Text: Fedor de Vries
- Photos: Flickr