In 1942 the Japanese attacked and occupied the Philippines. Two years later, United States forces began the liberation of the Philippines.
This was known as the Battle of the Philippines or Operation Musketeer, and it began with the landing of the US Sixth Amy on the beaches called Tacloban and Dulag, Leyte, on October 20, 1944.
The Liberation of the Philippines was the American and Filipino campaign to defeat and expel the Imperial Japanese forces occupying the Philippines, during World War II. The Japanese Army overran all of the Philippines during the first half of 1942.
The Liberation of the Philippines initiated with amphibious landings on the eastern Philippine island of Leyte on October 20, 1944. The United States and Philippine Commonwealth military forces were progressing in liberating territory and islands when the Japanese troops in the Philippines were ordered to surrender by Tokyo on August 15, 1945.