The Great Raid: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor

The Great Raid: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and CorregidorIf you are a fan of military history read this book This true story is about the greatest generation s bravery, ingenuity, and courage in the rescuing of POW s held captive in the Philippines during World War II The way in which the rescue operation was organized and executed is still used as the model for current special forces teams around the world Not only does this book talk about the rescue of the POW s it delves into the lives of the POW s during their captivity and before and after their capture Overall a great read. 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 child that helped save those 300 lives deserves to have their story known to the world I m grateful to Mr Breuer for having written this book, to have told this story when all too often it is a forgotten part of WWII Pacific history. 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 Months Emaciated And Ill From Brutal Mistreatment, A Mere POWs Remained From The , Strong Force That MacArthur Had Been Ordered To Abandon On February , On The Morning Of January A Small Band Of Army Rangers Set Out On An Audacious And Daring Rescue Effort To Penetrate 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 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 actresses.The attack on Pearl Harbor is well known and has been presented in a number of motion pictures, but the events leading to this narrative and the tale in this film have been ignored before and it is a pity that this production does not make a better retelling of what is a compelling episode.In the introduction to The Great Raid, we learn that the advancing Japanese in the Philippines, without support, have pushed American soldiers back until they had the sea at the back and the enemy in front and General Douglas MacArthur had to sail to Australia, vowing to come back.The Japanese have been very cruel with their prisoners of war, in the Philippines and elsewhere, in large part because they were very harsh on themselves and in battle they would inflict upon themselves the ultimate penalty, if caught they would commit seppuku aka hara kiri.Therefore, they did not regard with any respect enemy troops that surrendered and exposed them to humiliation, starvation, torture and execution in incredibly large numbers, many dying on the way to the Cabanatuan Camp.Another explanation would add light to this behavior and we can find it in a psychology classic called Influence, written by the outstanding Robert Cialdini, who lists the principles of determining people to act one of them is respect for authority that leads participants in tests to inflict pain on innocents, just because a figure with authority says so.The Great Raid reminds one of The Bridge on the River Kwai, because in that much better, acclaimed masterpiece, we also have the Japanese imposing various cruelties on Prisoners of War, British in The Bridge and with a plot that is somewhat explained in the title it is not about freeing POWs, but about cutting an important piece of infrastructure off the transportation grid.In 1945, about five hundred American prisoners have been interned and maltreated for three years, under terrible conditions, after many of their comrades have died on the way to this infamous camp.Many are sick and dying, medicine is unavailable and this means slow death for a good number, including Major Gibson aka Ralph Fiennes, who is kept alive only through the efforts of the resistance and the beautiful Margaret Utinsky, who smuggle some desperately needed pills in the camp.All this comes to a near final end, when the Japanese find an informant who points out the members of the underground operation, all of them taken out and shot with the exception of Margaret, who has some time left before she is also taken into custody, first pressed to talk and receive some advantages and then, as she does not give in, she is tortured and made to see all the bodies of her dead comrades.The enemy military police turn to Major Gibson, whose photograph they had found in the bible owned by Margaret Utinsky, trying to convince him to give all the information he has, in exchange for the release of the beautiful woman and the medicine he so badly needs, without which he will die soon.The dying officer is proud, brave, resilient, loyal, and strong in spite of the weakness of the decaying body, his spirit is still fearsome and formidable and he refuses the offer to collaborate and send others to death, saying that his fate does not depend on the man who tries to push him to lose his soul.Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Mucci aka Benjamin Bratt and Captain Robert Prince aka James Franco are making plans for their 6th Ranger Battalion to push behind enemy lines and rescue the prisoners of war kept for the last three years in awful conditions in the Japanese camp.They have the cooperation and support of the Philippine resistance forces that are first assigned a rather less important role in the plans, but faced with superior forces, enemy soldiers and tanks that were not expected, the locals are given crucial roles and indeed, they prove quintessential in the fight.The Japanese have had a superior, arrogant and racist attitude in occupied territories, including on these islands, where the commander of the local forces is smart and uses this attitude of inconsideration to his advantage and he would eliminate many enemy combatants and their heavy equipment, near a vital bridge.Long scenes are dedicated to the preliminary moves and then the attack itself, which is well organized, but it involves fierce clashes, the Americans and their Philippine allies do not have tanks and they are exposed in their attack, while the enemies benefit from some cover, in their admittedly vulnerable, light structured buildings.You can imagine a lot of machine gun fire, some anti tank, and hand held bazookas, light bombardment, battle scenes that are fought hand to hand, with knives and feasts used to kill opponents, explosions and the heroic extraction of wounded, unable to walk prisoners, some of whom have to be carried away.The reasons why this motion picture has passed rather unnoticed could be listed, ranging from unexceptional acting, in spite of the presence of talented artists, to the lackluster adaptation for the screen and, perhaps, the familiarity of the subject, even if this particular operation had been unrelated, we have all seen quite a few war movies and the feeling can be that they resemble each other, from a certain point on. 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. 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. Interesting book This book had special meaning as an aunt was held as a civilian POW at Bilbao prison with survivors of the death march. 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 t.The 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 narrations The story was still fantastic and I am so glad to know about these heroic soliders. 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 engulfing I m still glad I read this book

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

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  • Paperback
  • 258 pages
  • The Great Raid: Rescuing the Doomed Ghosts of Bataan and Corregidor
  • William B. Breuer
  • English
  • 06 April 2017
  • 9780786887804

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