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In February 1945, as the US victory in the Pacific drew nearer, the Japanese army grew desperate, and its soldiers guarding US and Allied POWs more sadistic. Starved, shot, and beaten, many of the 2,146 prisoners of the Los Baños prison camp in the Philippines - most of them American men, women, and children - would not survive much longer unless rescued soon.
Deeply concerned about the half-starved and ill-treated prisoners, General Douglas MacArthur assigned to the 11th Airborne Division a dangerous rescue mission deep behind enemy lines that became a deadly race against the clock. The Los Baños raid would become one of the greatest triumphs of that war or any war; hailed years later by chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell: "I doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los Baños prison raid. It is the textbook operation for all ages and all armies."
Combining personal interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival research, Rescue at Los Baños tells the story of a remarkable group of prisoners - whose courage and fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and cruelty - and of the young American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to save them.
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By Bruce B on 04-16-15
Edge of your seat story. Great narration
The narrator keep you on the edge of your seat while listening to this story about the brave men and women who were captives at Los Banos and the brave soldiers who saved them.
Time flies when listening to this exciting audio book.
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By TX CCIE Voice on 05-06-17
Thanks for the book, outlining my family's rescue
It was extremely tough, but rewarding hearing the detailed and well written accounts of an amazing rescue. The fact the me and my two siblings each served in separate branches on the US Military is a testament of the high regards my family always held thier rescuers. Thanks for giving us even more perspective.
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