What could MacArthur have done differently in the Philippines? Okay, you're General MacArthur and you've just gotten word that Pearl Harbor has been bombed. Militarily, what do you do differently that would insure that your army would last longer than May, 1942 in the face of a massive multi-pronged, Japanese invasion? First of all, I'd forget about acting like Julius Caesar leading his legions and instead order that "War Plan Orange III" to go immediately into effect. This would set into motion the long held and practiced plans to withdraw all Fillipino-American forces into Bataan along with all of their food reserves, arms, ammunition and medicine stores. To insure this was done, I would requisition every civilian truck, car, bus, "jeepney" vehicle or carabao cart to load up all the Army's Quartermaster stores in their supply depots north of Clark Field and send them deep into Bataan. I would also requisition every grain of rice, millet, wheat and corn from graineries and railroad cars throughout Luzon and send them ditto along with every cow, pig or chicken that wasn't hidden. There were substantial diesel fuel, gas and oil stores in and around Manila. I would have as much as possible loaded aboard ship or barge and sent to Corregidor, likewise the US Naval stores and torpedoes at Cavite Naval Station. Reacting to Philippine President Quezon's indecision as to whether to go to war or declare Philippine neutrality, I would order Air Corps General Lewis Brereton to send all of the B-17 and B-18bombers and modern P-40 fighter planes south to Del Monte on Mindanao and out of harm's way for the minute. The Severesky P-35's and the handful of old P-26's I would keep them on standby on their airfields to react to any Japanese Air raids. I would order Admiral Thomas Hart to do all in his power to bring in ASAP the "Pensacola Convoy" that was still two weeks steaming time away from the Philippines and loaded with many needed supplies and munitions, plus two regiments of Army Artillery and an entire Army Air Corps Dive bomber group plus its planes. Well, that'll do for now. I'll add more later. What do you guys/gals say?