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The Resource Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission, Hampton Sides

Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission, Hampton Sides

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Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission
Title
Ghost soldiers
Title remainder
the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission
Statement of responsibility
Hampton Sides
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
A tense, powerful, grand account of one of the most daring exploits of World War II. On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected troops from the elite U.S. Army 6th Ranger Battalion slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty miles in an attempt to rescue 513 American and British POWs who had spent three years in a surreally hellish camp near the city of Cabanatuan. The prisoners included the last survivors of the Bataan Death March left in the camp, and their extraordinary will to live might soon count for nothing<U+2014>elsewhere in the Philippines, the Japanese Army had already executed American prisoners as it retreated from the advancing U.S. Army. As the Rangers stealthily moved through enemy-occupied territory, they learned that Cabanatuan had become a major transshipment point for the Japanese retreat, and instead of facing the few dozen prison guards, they could possibly confront as many as 8,000 battle-hardened enemy troops. Hampton Sides's vivid minute-by-minute narration of the raid and his chronicle of the prisoners' wrenching experiences are masterful. But Ghost Soldiers is far more than a thrilling battle saga. Hampton Sides explores the mystery of human behavior under extreme duress<U+2014>the resilience of the prisoners, who defied the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and unspeakable tortures; the violent cultural clashes with Japanese guards and soldiers steeped in the warrior ethic of Bushido; the remarkable heroism of the Rangers and Filipino guerrillas; the complex motivations of the U.S. high command, some of whom could justly be charged with abandoning the men of Bataan in 1942; and the nearly suicidal bravado of several spies, including priests and a cabaret owner, who risked their lives to help the prisoners during their long ordeal. At once a gripping depiction of men at war and a compelling story of redemption, Ghost Soldiers joins such landmark books as Flags of Our Fathers, The Greatest Generation, The Rape of Nanking, and D-Day in preserving the legacy of World War II for future generations. -- Publisher's description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
940.54/25
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
D767.4
LC item number
.S54 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
adult
Label
Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission, Hampton Sides
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
342 p., [8] p. of pl.
Isbn
9780385495646
Lccn
2001017337
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
ocm45835493
Label
Ghost soldiers : the forgotten epic story of World War II's most dramatic mission, Hampton Sides
Publication
Note
Includes index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
342 p., [8] p. of pl.
Isbn
9780385495646
Lccn
2001017337
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
ocm45835493

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