The Cabanatuan Prison Raid

The Philippines 1945

The Cabanatuan Prison Raid cover

The Cabanatuan Prison Raid

The Philippines 1945

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On January 27, 1945, the 6th Ranger Battalion and the 6th Army Special Reconnaissance Unit (the Alamo Scouts) began the most dangerous and important mission of their careers to rescue 500 American, British and Dutch prisoners-of-war held at a camp near Cabanatuan. This daring plan was fraught with difficulties - the rangers had to struggle with harsh jungle terrain, 30 miles behind enemy lines against a far larger force, knowing that if their secret mission was leaked, the POWs would be massacred by their captors. Yet, with the help of a Filipino guerilla force, they managed to liberate 513 prisoners and kill 225 Japanese in 15 minutes, while only suffering two losses themselves.

Relive the dramatic rescue in this action-packed account, complete with bird's eye view and battlescene artwork. Gordon Rottman details the build-up to and execution of the operation, analyzing the difficulties faced and the contribution made by the guerrillas. This is not only a story of extraordinary military success but a compelling tale of courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

Product details

Published Oct 20 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846033995
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 27 b/w
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Raid
Short code RAID 3
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

Illustrator

Mariusz Kozik

Illustrator

Howard Gerrard

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