Shadows In The Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines In World War II by Larry Alexander
In the early days of World War II, Japanese forces pushed across the Pacific, taking island after island from Allied forces. General Douglas MacArthur needed a new kind of fighting force. He needed the Alamo Scouts.
Formed as an elite intelligence unit, the Scouts were to silently slip onto Japanese-held islands and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task that became an incredible success.
More than just a recon and intelligence outfit, the Scouts conducted rescue missions to recover prisoners from Japanese camps, organized and supplied guerrilla freedom fighters, and provided protection for General MacArthur himself. They completed at least 108 known missions, but not a single Scout was killed or captured.
National bestselling author Larry Alexander takes readers 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 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 wax, the story of the Alamo Scouts has finally been told.