The Great Raid Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and

The Great Raid Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor Before General Douglas MacArthur could fulfill his stirring promise of I shall return and re take the Philippines from Japanese control a remarkable rescue mission would have to take place Captured American soldiers had been held at the notorious Cabanatuan prison camp for than 33 months Emaciated and ill from brutal mistreatment a mere 511 POWs remained from the 25000 strong force that MacArthur had been ordered to abandon on February 23 1942On the morning of January 28 1945 a small band of Army Rangers set out on an audacious and daring rescue effort to penetrate 30 miles into Japanese controlled territory storm the camp and escape with the POWs carrying them if necessaryWilliam B Breuer recounts in searing meticulous detailbased largely on interviews with survivorsthe hellish battles of Bataan and Corregidor; the horrors of the Bataan death march; and the harrowing efforts of guerilla fighters A classic of its kind The Great Raid tells the full story of this episode with a breadth and depth of detail that goes far beyond other accounts including Hampton Sides's best selling Ghost Soldiers The Great Raid is a thrilling true life adventure story and an inspiring testament o American heroism and grit And as retired four star General Barry McCaffrey asserts in his introduction The Great Raid is an important book for our current military and political leaders to read

About the Author: William B. Breuer

William B Breuer landed with the first assault waves in Normandy on D Day June 6 1944 then fought across Europe Later he founded a daily newspaper on a string in Rolla Missouri and after that a highly successful public relations firm in St Louis Missouri He had been writing books full time since 1982

10 thoughts on “The Great Raid Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor

  1. says:

    Although not as amazing as Band of Brothers Stephen Ambrose this book still has its own greatness Yes I think one or two years ago there was a movie released that was based on this book there's Benjamin Bratt Joseph Fiennes in it but the movie really suckedAnyway this is compulsory for all you military history buffs It te

  2. says:

    I was browsing Netflix and saw a movie called The Great Raid starring James Franco Benjamin Bratt and others I saw what the movie was about and thought This should be a great movie It wasn'tThe story however was I ran to the library and listened to The Great Raid It wasn't the best writing ever but I adore Patrick Lawlor's narrat

  3. says:

    A detailed and well documented account of events leading up to the mission and of te rescue I always learn so much about our history from reading accounts such as this one I gave it four stars because it is a little dry and filled with references from individuals involved Not that the references make it bad they just make reading it less

  4. says:

    The Great Raid based on books by William Breuer and Hampton SidesThis film has a promising tagline and a few superlatives for the real story on which the screenplay is based “the most daring rescue mission of our time” after the worst defeat in the history of American interventions and a cast with appreciated actors and a few very good actre

  5. says:

    One of my great grandfather's was rescued in the raid on Cabanatuan I never got the chance to meet him but through this book I learned a lot about the character of the men who fought to save him and hundreds of other mistreated starved abused POWs From the Alamo Scouts to the Army Rangers to the Philippine Guerrillas each and every man and woman and chi

  6. says:

    This was an amazing book about the coolest special ops mission in WWII I mean the rescue of the POWs from the Cabanatuan camp was really phenomenal and the best part about it was that the whole operation had the goal of saving life rather than destroying it This book compiles the stories of the prisoners themselves the Filipino Gorillas and the Rangers and Alam

  7. says:

    As with a lot of the nonfiction history books I read my review of this one is affected by the subject It shouldn't be; a book review should be about the book not the story it tells But the Ranger mission to free over 500 POWs from a Japanese prison camp towards the end of WWII is so incredible it had to have an impactIf you do decide to read it I suggest you first watc

  8. says:

    This is a great story and tells of the forgotten POW's in world war II For three years over 500 prisoners waited for their government to not only remember them but to put together the rescue to save them from the horrors of war

  9. says:

    I enjoyed listening to this moving story of human endurance Somewhere around halfway it dawned on me that I may have listened to or read this story several years ago; and didn’t mind at all since it is a pretty good story

  10. says:

    Interesting book

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