Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission

By: Sides, Hampton

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Quarter bound in publisher's black cloth over black boards, silver lettering on spine, maps on endpapers. Illustrated with B&W photographs and maps. Popular writer and Outside columnist Sides (Stomping Grounds) interviewed participants in one of WWII's little-known exploits: the rescue of 500 American and Allied POWs from Cabanatuan prison camp on the Philippine island of Luzon. This gripping account intertwines the tale of these prisoners, who were survivors of the horrible Bataan Death March in 1942, and 121 officers and men of the army's Sixth Ranger Battalion. Led by Colonel Henry Mucci and Captain Robert Prince, these Rangers, who had yet to taste active combat, trekked 30 miles behind Japanese lines to effect the rescue, haunted all the while by the knowledge that if their secret mission was leaked, the POWs would probably be massacred by their captors. Sides includes the heroic efforts of Claire Phillips and other resistance fighters to keep the Americans supplied with accurate intelligence, and the scores of villagers who helped the POWs to safety. Some Alamo Scouts and two Filipino guerrilla groups provided no small assistance to Mucci and his men. The raid itself was almost anticlimactic as the Rangers burst into the POW compound, eliminating the garrison and bringing out the inmates in less than half an hour. It's a tale worthy of a Hollywood movie (and film rights have been optioned by Universal). The author's excellent grasp of human emotions and bravery makes this compelling book hard to put down. . Both the volume and the unclipped dust jacket are both in perfect, pristine condition. AS NEW/AS NEW.. B&W Photographs. Small 4to 9" - 11" tall. 352 pp

Title: Ghost Soldiers: The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission

Author Name: Sides, Hampton

Categories: History, Military, Military History & Weapons, Military History,

Edition: Stated First Edition. Fifth Printing

Publisher: NY, Doubleday: 2001

ISBN Number: 0385495641

ISBN Number 13: 9780385495646

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: As New in As New dust jacket

Item: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: 8557

Keywords: History Military History World War II Bataan Death March Military operations Prisoners of war rescue missions WW2