The Great Raid: Rescuing the Doomed Ghost of Bataan and Corregidor

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Before General Douglas MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of "I shall return" and re-take the Philippines from Japanese control, a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place. Captured American soldiers had been held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp for more than 33 months. Emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment, a mere 511 POWs remained from the 25,000-strong force that MacArthur had been ordered to abandon on February 23, 1942.

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Overview

Before General Douglas MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of "I shall return" and re-take the Philippines from Japanese control, a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place. Captured American soldiers had been held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp for more than 33 months. Emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment, a mere 511 POWs remained from the 25,000-strong force that MacArthur had been ordered to abandon on February 23, 1942.

On the morning of January 28, 1945, a small band of Army Rangers set out on an audacious and daring rescue effort: to penetrate 30 miles into Japanese controlled territory, storm the camp, and escape with the POWs, carrying them if necessary.

William B. Breuer recounts in searing, meticulous detail-based largely on interviews with survivors-the hellish battles of Bataan and Corregidor; the horrors of the Bataan death march; and the harrowing efforts of guerilla fighters. A classic of its kind, The Great Raid tells the full story of this episode with a breadth and depth of detail that goes far beyond other accounts-including Hampton Sides's best-selling Ghost Soldiers. The Great Raid is a thrilling true-life adventure story and an inspiring testament o American heroism and grit. And as retired four-star General Barry McCaffrey asserts in his introduction, The Great Raid is an "important book for our current military and political leaders to read."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786179619
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
1 Deep in Hostile Territory 1
2 Roosevelt Abandons the Philippines 6
3 Legion of the Living Dead 18
4 Sixty Miles of Atrocities 31
5 "Situation Fast Becoming Desperate" 43
6 "You Are Enemies of Japan!" 52
7 Miss U and Her Underground 66
8 Secret Radios and Boxcar Smugglers 77
9 An Audacious Escape 87
10 Manila's Notorious Club Tsubaki 101
11 Alamo Scouts and Rangers 113
12 Thumbs Down on a POW Rescue Scheme 123
13 Eagles Soar Over Cabanatuan 134
14 Hell Ships and Vanishing Guards 147
15 A Perilous Mission 161
16 Cross-Country Dominos 169
17 Creeping Up on a Dark Stockade 182
18 Pandemonium Erupts in the Night 190
19 Stealthy Trek by Carabao Caravan 203
20 Hamburgers, Tears, and Freedom 211
Epilogue 220
Notes and Sources 233
Index 245
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