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As the Allied forces closed in, General Yamashita kicked the treasure concealment campaign into high gear.
Yamashita dug massive tunels in the mountains outside Manila, some to depths of hundreds of feet, leading to the final ‘storage chambers’.
And if that were’t enough, most if not all of the tunnels were booby-trapped with 1,000 and 2,000 lb bombs and poisonous gas.
This sort of enterprise took careful planning and an established network to transport the loot safely and efficiently back to the Japanese homeland.
The hub of the Golden Lilly’s looting network was the Philippine island of Luzon – it’s strategic location and proximity to Japan made it a natural and necessary trans-shipment point.
They would then be able to dig up the vast wealth hidden there to rebuild their failing empire.
Arriving in the midst of this frenzied activity was the Philippines’ new military governor, General Tomoyuki Yamashita, “the Tiger of Malaya” – a nickname he had won by conquering that complacent and ill-defended British colony.