Alongside Cainta, the town of Taytay, Rizal was liberated from the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army on February 22, 1945. During the occupation of the Japanese in Rizal, Filipinos organized different groups, such as the Hunters ROTC and the Marking’s Filipino-American Troops, to resist the Japanese invaders.
Crossing their way through the hilly mountains of Rizal, the 2nd Cavalry Brigade hid behind cogon grass and patchy bamboos to conceal themselves from the machine guns and artillery set-up by the Noguchi Force of the Japanese Shimbu Group. As the encounter between the two forces led to a series of attacks, the guerrillas used sandbags and log bunkers to camouflage their entrenchments for protection. When the Filipino guerrillas continuously advanced towards the hilly steps of Taytay, the Noguchi Force had no choice but to retreat eastward towards the caves and withdraw their remaining forces.
Subsequently, the combined efforts of the 42nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the 4th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary contributed to the liberation of the town. Side-by-side with the Filipino guerrillas, they were able to liberate Taytay on 22 February 1945.
Smith, Robert Ross. Triumph in the Philippines: The War in the Pacific. University Press of the Pacific, 2005.
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