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This picture shows a filipino guerrilla soldier, also the only known female filipino guerrilla soldier, captain nieves fernandez, as she shows us army private andrew lupiba, who was also originally from the philippines, how she would use her long knife to silently k**l japanese soldiers during the japanese occupation of leyte island.
this picture was taken by stanley troutman on november 7th of 1944. the location was mabuhay las piñas, leyte island, the philippines.
nieves was a very skilled fighter and crackshot, and she trained her men in the art of combat and how to make improvised weaponry to use against the japanese.
nieves, with her men, managed to k**l around 200 japanese troops with only 110 men, and the japanese even put out a 10,000 pesos reward on her head in the hopes of capturing her, but to no avail.
nieves was not the main leader of the filipino guerrillas though, as that position belonged to ruperto kangleon. kangleon has been a filipino soldier until the japanese conquered the island chain. he then evaded capture and turned into the leader of the guerrilla force.
he and his men, the black army, were successful in waging a sub-was against japan and were able to push the japanese back and also aided the us resistance guerrilla forces via information and the us landing on leyte in 1944.
many people often forget about the role of resistance fighters during the war, but it was actually very important.