The Great Raid on Cabanatuan: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor

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September 1994



Early on the morning of January 28, 1945, a small detachment of volunteers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Henry A. Mucci, leader of the 6th Ranger Battalion, embarked from their base in the Philippines on the most audacious rescue operation ever undertaken. Their objective: Penetrate thirty miles behind enemy lines and liberate 511 POWs from Cabanatuan, the notorious Japanese POW camp where thousands of American prisoners had been brutally tortured and killed. Little did Mucci's Rangers know when they got under way that morning that over the next few days and nights they would be making history. Written by acclaimed military historian William B. Breuer, The Great Raid on Cabanatuan is a riveting account of that rescue mission and the gallant soldiers who carried it out against overwhelming odds. Based largely on interviews with the heroes who survived the operation, and featuring twenty-eight previously unpublished photographs - many of them taken while the raid was in progress - it brings to life in electrifying detail the dramatic events that took place on the night of the raid, January 30, and during the harrowing days that followed. In sketching out the many roads that led to Cabanatuan, Breuer brilliantly combines oral history with dramatic narrative to bring to life some of the most spectacular events of the war in the Pacific. We relive the hellish battles for Bataan and Corregidor, where in 1942 American and Filipino soldiers fought bravely to hold back the Japanese invasion force. We experience firsthand the horrors of the Bataan Death March on which tens of thousands of prisoners lost their lives en route to Cabanatuan. And we learn of the American underground andguerilla operations in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation from the men and women behind them, including Margaret Utinsky, leader of "Miss U's underground", and Claire Phillips, the glamorous lounge singer turned spy-master. A gripping chronicle of one of the most h


Deep in Hostile Territory. Roosevelt Abandons the Philippines. Legion of the Living Dead. Sixty Miles of Atrocities. "Situation Fast Becoming Desperate". "You Are Enemies of Japan!". Miss U and Her Underground. Secret Radios and Boxcar Smugglers. An Audacious Escape. Manila's Notorious Club Tsubaki. Alamo Scouts and Rangers. Thumbs Down on a POW Rescue Scheme. Eagles Soar Over Cabanatuan. Hell Ships and Vanishing Guards. A Perilous Mission. Cross-Country Dominos. Creeping Up on a Dark Stockade. Pandemonium Erupts in the Night. Stealthy Trek by Carabao Caravan. Hamburgers, Tears, and Freedom. Epilogue. Notes and Sources. Index.


WILLIAM B. BREUER is the successful author of twenty WWII-related books, eight of which were main selections of the Military Book Club. Some of his other books include Race to the Moon: How Hitler's Rocket Scientists Put America on the Moon, Hitler's Undercover War, Geronimo: American Paratroopers in World War II, Retaking the Philippines, and Devil Boats.
EAN: 9780471037422
ISBN: 0471037427
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 1994
Seitenanzahl: 258 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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