As the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew near, desperate Japanese soldiers guarding the civilian prisoners — most of them Americans — at the Los Baños Internment Camp in the Philippines became increasingly sadistic and began starving, beating, and killing their captives. Fearing the loss of countless more lives, General Douglas MacArthur assigned the 11th Airborne Division the dangerous mission of freeing these men, women and children from deep behind enemy lines in a deadly race against the clock.
Rescue at Los Baños weaves together dramatic accounts of life at the prison camp with the daring military operation being planned to rescue the innocents. It is the story of ordinary men and women thrust into the horrors of war and the valiant soldiers determined to save them. The odds against success were steep and the risks were enormous, but the young American paratroopers and Filipino guerrillas responded with unparalleled courage in their heroic efforts to save the POWs.
General Colin Powell has called the raid “a textbook operation for all ages and all armies,” and today it is remembered as one of the most legendary in U.S. military history.
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