By Bruce Henderson

From the bestselling writer of Hero Found comes the outstanding actual tale of 1 of the best army rescues of all time, the 1945 global warfare II legal camp raid at Los Baños within the Philippines—a story of bold, braveness, and heroism that joins the ranks of Ghost squaddies, Unbroken, and The Boys of Pointe du Hoc.

In February 1945, because the U.S. victory within the Pacific drew closer, the japanese military grew determined, and its squaddies guarding U.S. and Allied POWs extra sadistic. Starved, shot and crushed, a number of the 2,146 prisoners of the Los Baños legal camp within the Philippines—most of them American males, girls and children—would now not continue to exist for much longer except rescued soon.

Deeply enthusiastic about the half-starved and ill-treated prisoners, basic Douglas MacArthur assigned to the eleventh Airborne department a deadly rescue undertaking deep in the back of enemy strains that grew to become a dangerous race opposed to the clock. The Los Baños raid may develop into one of many maximum triumphs of that conflict or any warfare; hailed years later by way of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of employees, common Colin Powell: “I doubt that any airborne unit on the earth will ever be capable of rival the Los Baños legal raid. it's the textbook operation for every age and all armies.”

Combining own interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival examine, Rescue at Los Baños tells the tale of a striking crew of prisoners—whose braveness and fortitude helped them triumph over complication, deprivation, and cruelty—and of the younger American squaddies and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to avoid wasting them.

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