Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II

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Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but ...

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Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but incredibly, the Alamo Scouts were a valuable success.

Throughout the years 1944 and 1945, the Scouts performed a wide array of special operations, many of them classified for decades after the war. More than just a recon and intelligence outfit, the Scouts also conducted rescue missions to recover captured military and civilian prisoners from Japanese camps, organized and supplied guerrilla freedom fighters, and provided protection for General MacArthur himself. They completed at least 107 known missions against superior numbers of enemy troops, but not a single Scout was killed or captured.

Writing with the narrative power usually found in a novel, Larry Alexander takes listeners in the footsteps of the men who made up the elite reconnaissance unit that served as General MacArthur's eyes and ears in the Pacific War. Drawing from personal interviews and testimonies from Scout veterans, Alexander weaves together the tales of the individual Scouts, who often spent weeks behind enemy lines to complete their missions. Now, more than sixty years after the war, the story of the Alamo Scouts has finally been told.

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The little-known Alamo Scouts were formed by Gen. Douglas MacArthur as an elite unit shortly after defeat in the Philippines in 1942 and charged with gathering intelligence, reporting on conditions in the occupied areas, and rescuing prisoners and hostages from the Japanese. They completed 108 missions behind enemy lines. Alexander (Biggest Brother) has a story-telling style that makes this account, based largely on memoirs and interviews with the now elderly surviving Scouts, an easy read. For those reading comprehensively on the war in the Pacific.
—Edwin Burgess

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"One of those rare works of nonfiction that does indeed read like a novel and also sheds light on a heroic and almost unknown group of men." —-Michael Korda, New York Times bestselling author of Ike: An American Hero
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400180554
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/27/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,389,773
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author


Larry Alexander is a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the author of the national bestseller Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers.

Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.

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Table of Contents

Introduction The Best of the Best 1

1 Hollandia: "Looks Like We Walk Home." 9

2 "I'll Form My Own Intelligence Unit." 26

3 Recruitment and Training 44

4 The First Mission 69

5 "God Bless You, Brave Soldiers." 84

6 "...The Entire Shoreline Was Ablaze." 101

7 Final Operations in New Guinea 117

8 "...By Far the Best Show I've Ever Seen." 139

9 The Rescue at Cape Oransbari 157

10 "Maybe We Can Save the World." 170

11 Samar/Ormoc Bay 198

12 "Only an Act of God Is Going to Get You Out." 218

13 First In, Last Out 230

14 "If I Don't Make It, It's Up to You." 257

15 "I Wouldn't Trade the Whole Damned Jap Army for One Alamo Scout." 272

16 "It Would Have Been Near Suicide." 298

Epilogue: Through the Years 307

App. A Alamo Scout Team Rosters 315

App. B Glossary of Terms 319

Selected Bibliography 321

Index 325

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly recommended especially for History Buffs

    I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. One of the Alamo Scouts was a long time family friend which also made this book more meaningful to me.

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