I'm writing an article for a U.S. history magazine on the Mindanao war 1970s to present and would like know more info on the Battle of Sibula Hill Nov. 1972.
Does anyone have:
the Order of battle for the AFP and MNLF?
What were the MNLF and Marines armed with?
How did the battle develop and backround for the battle?
How long was the battle?
Who are the AFP and MNLF commanders who were instrumental in the battle?
The only info I have is a passing mention on a website on airpower. From what I gathered a battalion of Philippine Marines were trapped by thousands of MNLF and the Philippine Marines were saved by round the clock airstrikes by the Philippine Air force.http://www.acig.org/artman/publish/article_174.shtml
Did the Philippine Air Force ever field the AC-47 Puff the Magic Dragon gunship?
According to the PAF OB in 1989 in this website, the Philippines had a few of them.
I would be very grateful for more info.
The other topics I am interested in is the Battle for Jolo City in the 70s. The only source I have on this is Reuben Canoy's book Counterfeit Revolution where he gives a brief mention of it. The info I have is basically the MNLF taking control of Jolo city and the AFP response. Basically the AFP levelled the city in heavy fighting. Interestinly around this time, the Philippines was under an arms embargo by the U.S. so it had to procure weapons from Spain. They were actually using Spanish made artillery, vehicles and other stuff.