Battle of Maguindanao

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Battle of Maguindanao
Date January to September 1945
Location Maguindanao
Result Decisive Philippine Commonwealth victory
 Commonwealth of the Philippines  Empire of Japan
Commanders and leaders
Commonwealth of the Philippines Paulino T. Santos
Commonwealth of the Philippines Salipada K. Pendatun
Empire of Japan Tomoyuki Yamashita
Empire of Japan Akira Muto
110,000 Filipino troops
25,000 guerrillas and Moro swordman
27,000 Imperial Japanese troops
Casualties and losses
260 killed
1,244 wounded
6,000 killed
10,200 wounded
1,000 captured

The Battle of Maguindanao or Cotabato and Maguindanao Campaign (Filipino: Labanan sa Maguindanao or Kampanya sa Cotabato at Maguindanao) was one of the final battles of the Philippines Campaign of World War II, when Filipino forces of the 6th, 10th, 101st, 102nd, 104th and 106th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and 10th Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was liberated the province of Cotabato and Maguindanao in January to September 1945. It pitted forces of the Philippine Commonwealth, local guerrillas of the Maguindanao Guerrilla Forces, Maguindanao Bolo Battalion and the Bukidnon-Cotabato Force, 10th Military District of the Mindanao Guerrillas, and Maguindanaoan civilian swordsmen against Imperial Japanese Army troops. The battle was fought entirely by Filipino military units, without any support from the other Allied powers. Despite an inferiority in training and in weapons, the Filipinos heavily outnumbered their opponents, and suffered far fewer casualties.


Coordinates: 7°08′00″N 124°18′00″E / 7.13333°N 124.3°E / 7.13333; 124.3