Publisher:New York, NY :William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The fall of Manila -- Prisoners of the Japanese -- Los Baños Internment Camp -- Sky soldiers -- "You'll be eating dirt" -- Return to the Philippines -- Freedom week -- Under the cover of darkness -- The killings -- "Do it right, Joe" -- The escapes -- The Los Baños force -- "Rescue must come soon!" -- "The world will be watching" -- The raid -- Rescue -- "God was with us" -- The fate of Sadaaki Konishi.
Rescue at Los Banos 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 territoryAs the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew near, desperate Japanese soldiers guarding the civilian prisoners--most of them Americans--at the Los Banos 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.In Rescue at Los BanosRescue at Los Banos 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.