Jungle Patrol, the Story of the Philippine Constabulary (1901-1936)

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Cerberus Books, Jun 14, 2011 - History - 422 pages
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"Always Out-Numbered, Never Out-Fought " ..... the Philippine Constabulary Jungle Patrol, the Story of the Philippine Constabulary (1901 - 1936) by Vic Hurley Hurley's remarkable and hard-to-find (1938) book about an obscure and heroic quasi-military force, the Philippine Constabulary, is now re-issued by Cerberus Books in a new, improved edition containing all of the original text and new material. The original edition is rarely for sale, and costly if found. This book details America's first experiment with jungle guerilla warfare and America's first experiment with the use of local native personnel as a police or military force under the command of 'foreigners' - American and European. Both of these military experiments are studied, even today, by West Point officers and cadets. Professional and amateur military historians and strategists, and historians from the West, Southeast Asia, and the Mid-East, as well as the families of these mythically heroic men, often search in vain for this rare book. At the end of the Spanish - American War the policy of the McKinley administration and the military authorities in the Philippines prohibited the use of the more than 70,000 U.S. troops in the islands, to suppress the nascent Philippine Army, the guerilla bands of independence warriors, and the outlaws, pirates, and brigands who had arisen. Initially the native battles were for Philippine independence, however the conflicts deteriorated into harsh and bloodthirsty attacks on foreign occupiers and peaceful villagers, alike. The Constabulary was, in reality, a small, poorly armed, 'black force' acting on behalf of an ineffective U.S. military and a politically infected Philippine Commission. Hurley, an Honorary Third Lieutenant in the Constabulary, recounts vividly and dramatically the real origin, handicaps, growth, development, use, strategies, and key battles of this force that many credit with being the single most important element in the Philippines' development of democratic self-rule.
 

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The Jungle Patrol is a must read book for members of the Philippine National Police. The names, faces and events must never be forgotten. The echoes of the past still ring true up until today, the bitter lessons learned in the past must be viewed by today's generation as something that could happen again. 

Contents

List of Illustrations
9
Introduction 1938
11
A Setting and a Mood
17
Remember Balangiga
31
Birth of the Jungle Police
52
Sputter of Insurrection
74
The Popes
117
The Pulajans
129
The Regulars in Samar
232
Mohammedans
254
Years Shot with Flame 19061907
273
Magnificent Youngsters
285
The Lengthened Patrol
295
Death of the Kris
311
The Second Decade
324
The Last of the Cottas
337

Banditry
136
Patrol
174
The Bloody Island
187
The Strength of the Hills
205
Magnificent Outpost
213
Synthetic Peace
351
The End of the Corps
364
Index
391
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Gerald V. (Vic) Hurley (1898 – 1978) was the author of many published fiction and non-fiction works including the books: Southeast of Zamboanga, (1935, 1963); Men in Sun Helmets ( 1936, 1964); Swish of the Kris, The Story of the Moros (1938, 1966, 2010); Jungle Patrol, The Story of the Philippine Constabulary (1938, 1966, 2011); The Parthian (1960); and Arrows Against Steel: the History of the Bow ( 1975, 2011). He was a prolific writer emphasizing both military and historic themes and he was the author of U.S. military manuals and plans during World War II. Hurley wrote a number of screenplays at least one of which, starring Gary Cooper, was produced. During the 1920's he became a legendary track star at the University of Washington and later lived for eight years in the Philippines. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during the First World War, the Navy Reserve, and as a Naval Officer in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War, and was a member of the Explorers Club. There are collections of the author's works and other material at several influential museums and libraries. Much of his work and research is still used in academic, cultural, and military studies. (111022)

Karol W. Kersh (JD) is the President of the Cerberus Books imprint and Cerberus Corp., the publisher. He practiced law for more than thirty years, retiring in 2006. He has written more than 100 short stories for his family and friends since high school, which have never been submitted for publication. The focus of his fiction is the description of events, behaviors, and environments in detail - challenging the reader to determine the motives of his characters. Characterizing the history, interests, career, and accomplishments of his wife’s uncle, the author Vic Hurley, has been an extension of Kersh’s literary work – however, in this case the details can usually be unearthed and need only to be collected, recorded, condensed and narrated to allow the reader to understand Hurley’s point of view and literary intentions. This research (which is continuing) is a challenge – it is the reconstruction of a life history from 30 year-old fragmentary clues, each of which must be traced to the source. (111022)

Christopher L. Harris. (MFA) the Art Director and Art Editor of Cerberus Books, has spent a lifetime in design and creative work. He is a Professor of Theatre and Resident Scene Designer at Willamette University and has taught for more than thirrty-five years. Harris has designed over two hundred and fifty productions worldwide, including the American Professional Premieres of The Rover, Barnaby Sweet, The Sickness of Youth, Father Dreams and Picasso In The Back Seat and productions in London, Toronto, New York, Boston, St. Louis, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. His design and production work has received recognition in a variety of professional design competitions and has been frequently praised in the media. His work has been seen in films including Without Evidence, (Assistant Art Director) and A Life In Twelve Words, (Set Decorator) All of the aspects of visual creativity are encompassed in theatre set and production design: the conceptualization of the underlying theme; design sketches; the use of color; the importance of layout and the relation of design elements; emotional tone; the capture of observer’s interest; the overall impact of the finished work, and fixed deadlines – make him a particularly effective contributor and leader for Cerberus. (111022)

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