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“Filipinos Carry Bolo Knives” in World War II

November 17, 2014

We recently wrote about historic World War II film footage depicting Filipino American recruits training in Arnis techniques with Bolo knives.

The following photograph pertains to the same Filipino American units. It appeared in the July 27, 1943 issue of the Berkeley Daily Gazette under the headline:

“Filipinos Carry Bolo Knives”



The accompanying caption explains:

“Filipino fighters for Uncle Sam at Camp Cooke, Calif., are shouting that they will carve a path to Tokyo with the 4500 bolo knives presented to them by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.”

Stay tuned for more material relating to the Filipino martial arts used by American soldiers and their auxiliary forces during World War II…


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