Rescue at Los Baños

Rescue at Los Baños

The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

eBook - 2015
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Rescue at Los Baños tells the mesmerizing survival story of more than two thousand prisoners of war held in the Philippines by the Japanese during World War II--and the elite 11th Airborne Division's remarkable, heart-pounding mission to rescue them from deep inside enemy territory. As the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew near, desperate Japanese soldiers guarding the civilian prisoners--most of them Americans--at the Los Baños Internment Camp became increasingly sadistic and began systematically starving, beating, and killing their captives. Fearing the loss of countless more lives if the POWs were not rescued soon, General Douglas MacArthur personally gave the 11th Airborne Division the dangerous mission of freeing these men, women, and children in a deadly race against the clock. Rescue at Los Baños documents the incredible story of a group of prisoners of war--whose fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and cruelty--and of the young U.S. soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to try to save them.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062325082
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0062325078
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (366 pages) : illustrations

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SEBoiko
Aug 18, 2015

Of the 164 graduates in the Class of 1915, sixty-one went on to attain the rank of general officer, a West Point record...

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SEBoiko
Aug 18, 2015

Only those who are not afraid to die are fit to live in freedom.

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SEBoiko
Aug 18, 2015

...: he who strikes first, strikes hardest.

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SEBoiko
Aug 18, 2015

The Angels of the 11th Airborne...

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sk1nnysk1
Jul 16, 2015

I too read books about Los Banos. My mother, aunt and grandmother survived. My grandfather and uncle did not. My brothers and I are excited to read this book

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looper46
Jul 08, 2015

I have been reading books about the Los Banos Internment Camp for years. Why?? Because my mother and her brother(my uncle)were held there for most of WWII. This one of the best. I know this book is on hold for other readers and I am interested if these readers have personal connections, as I do, or are historians. The Los Banos/Santo Thomas camps have a population of survivors and their children in this area. Un fortunately , this population of survivors is dying out. I have info re: contacts in the area, and if you are interested in contacting me, leave a message on this book review site. We can talk, if you feel comfortable. Thanks Roger Kelly.

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TomHoy
Jul 02, 2015

BRAVERY, RESOLVE, IN WW2 PHILIPPINES

It is an interesting story on a number of levels. First, it shows again how War brings out both the humanity and inhumanity in those in the middle of the maelstrom of conflict. Second, it is a book that honors the work of the military, in particular the 11th Air Borne, paratroopers , Army Air Force pilots, and Phillipine Guerrillas. Third it tells the story of the civilan internees and the hardships they faced and the bravery and perserverence they showed. This includes the role of the women of the camp Navy Nurses, mothers, and wives. The book gives a well written account of a heroic coordinated rescue from the individuals that were there. It tells the story of the War in the Phillipines, which has not received the historic attention that is deserved.

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