Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

by Bruce Henderson
Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

Rescue at Los Baños: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

by Bruce Henderson


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From the bestselling author of Hero Found comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Baños in the Philippines—a tale of daring, courage, and heroism that joins the ranks of Ghost Soldiers, Unbroken, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.

In February 1945, as the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew nearer, the Japanese army grew desperate, and its soldiers guarding U.S. 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062325075
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 472,433
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bruce Henderson has written more than twenty books, including the national bestseller Hero Found and Rescue at Los Baños. Henderson served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger (CVA-61) during the Vietnam War. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

Table of Contents

1 The Fall of Manila 1

2 Prisoners of the Japanese 30

3 Los Baños Internment Camp 50

4 Sky Soldiers 72

5 "You'll Be Eating Dirt" 105

6 Return to the Philippines 129

7 Freedom Week 163

8 Under the Cover of Darkness 192

9 The Killings 221

10 "Do It Right, Joe" 237

11 The Escapes 263

12 The Los Baños Force 281

13 "Rescue Must Come Soon!" 302

14 "The World Will Be Watching" 315

15 The Raid 339

16 Rescue 373

17 "God Was with Us" 400

Epilogue: The Fate of Sadaaki Konishi 412

Dramatis Personae 452

Sources 469

Appendix: The Camp Roster 485

Bibliography 525

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